If you haven’t read a book of short stories in a while—or heck, even if you have—put this one on your list this summer. Well-crafted shorts are something to behold: weaving entire worlds with fully fleshed characters and stories in remarkably few pages. It’s the poetry of prose.
Eric Punchner’s debut book of shorts is nothing short of brilliant. No exaggeration. The characters he creates are nuanced and vivid, and his fluid prose propels you along. The stories vacillate between heartbreaking and hilarious. You might intend to read just one short in a sitting, but chances are you won’t be able to. You’ll want to read more.