In A Black Morning, Celia wakes up on her fiftieth birthday, laments the wrinkles on her face and hands, and wonders why her husband is not lying beside her in bed. If he is off golfing, she’ll kill him!
In The Sunflower Girl, the guilt-ridden husband of a woman with breast cancer reluctantly rearranges his work calendar to meet his wife at a new clinic. Once there, he has an unexpected encounter with the patients in the waiting room.
In the Sailboat, an aging widower named Nick makes wooden furniture by hand for a living. When his customer visits to check on an order of rocking chairs, Nick must endure repeated inquiries into his mysterious side project: the crafting of a model sailboat.
In One Day in May, Erin, a young sign language teacher, tries to teach Graysie, her five-year-old deaf student, how to read a calendar. As hard as she tries, Erin cannot get Graysie to understand that May has come and gone and she must turn the page to June.
In The Ramp, a gruff school bus driver drops off a load of teenagers at an unoccupied field and tells them to “go have fun.” In the middle of the field sits a mysterious concrete ramp to nowhere.
In What Happens in Arcata, a father is determined to throw his daughter a wonderful birthday party after screwing it up the prior year. But when his wife texts him to Get Some Healthy Snacks, he buys soda, chips, cookies, chocolate milk, and Twizzlers. Things go downhill from there.
In Dragons, Po Sein, a nine-year-old boy, is sent to fetch a take-out meal by his single mother. To accomplish his task, Po Sein must navigate unfriendly streets, but along the way, he is comforted by visions of beautiful dragons.
In Hippopotamus, a harried mother of three whose husband is deployed somewhere in Afghanistan resorts to a time-honored escape: She goes to the mall. Once there, she finds herself inside the multiplex watching a movie with a total stranger.
In I See You Every Day, Albert Richmond, a recently unemployed attorney, moves into a new flat. From his kitchen window, Albert observes a woman walking her dog in the local park every day. Enraptured by the woman’s beauty, he endeavors to meet her.
In City of Stories, we travel to the magical city of Verily, where every brick, stone, and column is an individual story. In Verily, a young girl named Lily Marie seeks the truth about her father in the hope that it will help her build a story of her own.
In Husk of Rhino, an aging rhinoceros contemplates the damn gorillas’ dubious call for yet another zoo jailbreak and discusses philosophy with an Eastern Indigo snake named Serpent.
In The Next Train to Gallery Place, Michelle meets a man on the metrorail who wears headphones the colors of the Jamaican flag, listens to Katy Perry, and may or may not be a spy.
From a pedigreed yellow pup I grew up to be an anonymous yellow cur looking like a cross between an Angora cat and a box of lemons. But my mistress never tumbled. She thought that the two primeval pups Noah chased into the ark were but a collateral branch of my ancestors. It took two policemen to keep her from entering me at the Madison Square Garden for the Siberian bloodhound prize.
One night twenty years ago, Helen was married to Frank Barry. John Delaney was best man. Both Frank and John had made a great race for Helen's hand. When Frank won, John shook his hand and congratulated him - honestly, he did.
But on the night of the wedding, both men disappeared.
A jay hasn't got any more principle than a Congressman. Now on top of all this, there's another thing: a jay can out-swear any gentleman in the mines. You think a cat can swear. Well, a cat can; but you give a blue-jay a subject that calls for his reserve-powers, and where is your cat? Don't talk to me—I know too much about this thing.