Short stories can be a bit of an acquired taste, especially for readers who enjoy living with characters for hours, days, even weeks. On the other hand, a well-written short story is the best of both worlds — a manageable emotional investment without the long-term commitment of a novel.
What I particularly enjoyed about Meeks’s collection was his ability to portray the unique challenges of existing at this particular time, especially for men. I have often suspected that it is more difficult to be a man, at least in America, because our society seems to expect so much, and in such a limited, defined way, when it comes to American male identity.
Meeks addresses a number of common challenges and fears — of prostrate cancer, of becoming trapped in an unsatisfying marriage, of AIDS, of believing in the wrong belief system. What is delightful about his protagonists is that they approach these common fears in unique and believeable ways.
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