In I Can See Clearly Now, Wendy tries to calm her screaming baby as she waits in the optometrist’s office. She hopes the glasses he broke the night before can be mended. She has a headache from lack of sleep, and on top of everything, her friend has invited her to dine at a fancy restaurant that Wendy can’t afford.
In The Fountain Pen, Meena--a bride in an arranged marriage in 1950s India--moves to live in the town where her new husband works. She met Arvind only twice before the wedding, and she soon learns that he doesn’t listen to music and prefers spicier food than her. He won’t even lend her his fountain pen. How will they ever get along?
In No Shovel, No Bacon, Blind Henry and Yamaha, two men with a lot of self-inflicted scars from their pasts, sit around and talk about the dogs they’ve known and loved, family lore, and how to make the best clam chowder.
In Welcome Home, after passenger trains pull to a stop in a busy station, hundreds of returning veterans debark. The soldiers are greeted by family and friends. In the corner, a young woman and a little boy search the faces of the soldiers, not at all sure they will find the man they seek.
You were the life of the party, constantly surrounded by giggling girls. And I was the cynical one, the one who never wanted to catch your eye. But somehow, I did, and I had only one thing to fear. What would happen if I fell in love with you?
In Tiger Shrimp, a young grocery clerk ponders a difficult question: what items can a customer morally shoplift? He would probably let slide a hungry thief making off with staples like bread, potatoes, or even a chicken, but when a man purloins a pound of fully cooked colossal tiger shrimp, the clerk--who happens to be a runner on his high school track team--decides to give chase.
In Idling, a young woman is not sure how to react when her date pulls his truck outside his old apartment, idles the engine, and proceeds to tell her a spooky story.
In Monkeys on My Mind, a young woman moves to New Delhi to be with her lover only to have her heart broken soon after arriving. To make matters much much worse, monkeys keep stealing all her food.
In Getting in Trouble, an elderly man who forfeited his driver’s license to a judge years ago becomes hungry and decides to drive to the store for some cereal. Now, if he could just figure out how to unlock the car.
In Piano Girl, a man enjoys listening to the young girl in the apartment next door practice playing the piano. Late one night, the man hears the girl sneak out of her apartment. Concerned about the girl’s safety, he follows her through dark streets to a jazz club.
In Off to College, a young woman sitting at a bus stop watches her ex pick up his new girlfriend in his shiny car.
In Money in the Jar, an aging restaurant owner named Doug is set in his ways, which explains why the new place up the street is stealing all his customers. The story poses a familiar question: Can you teach an old Doug new tricks?
In The Fugwheel of Floeness, little does our starry-eyed Alice know what befalls her when she receives an unannounced, pompous furry ball on a lonesome wintry evening. Mr. Pompeii Snoot draws to his full height of five indignant inches and bears strange tidings as snow blankets down their world.
In The Munro Marathon, a Scottish adolescent is distracted from his studies by football, his pending summer freedom, and Cathy Gentles, the beautiful girl in the short skirt sitting next to him in class.
In Theatrical Spirits, an impoverished man living in a troubled country takes on a new job as custodian of a haunted theater. As civil unrest becomes violent, can the elitist captain of the guard, a patron of the theater, be trusted?
In Synergy, a working mother bored with the unmerciful monotony of carting kids to daycare, wiping runny noses, and cooking endless dinners seeks passion in the arms of a dashing executive at the office.
In Bake, Kelly and Prity, two middle-school teachers, prepare for the final day of school by making cupcakes in Prity’s kitchen. As the two young women crack eggs, mix batter, and spread icing, Kelly tries to hide the crush she has on her co-worker.
In The Good Baker, a young student takes a summer job at a local bakery with surprising consequences.
In God Alone Knows, a London-based reverend, who harbors a personal secret from his congregation, visits his ex-wife in Yorkshire in hopes of a fun weekend.
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!