by Allie Leach
I can't wait to get my hands on This Is Not Your City, a collection of short stories from author Caitlin Horrocks. Here's a snippet of what the New York Times had to say about her new book:
Horrocks’s motley crew of characters have this in common: They don’t find easy anodynes. Lyssa, the wife of a slaughterhouse worker and part-time dognapper in “Steal Small,” one of the collection’s highlights, tries not to dwell on hardship. But when her husband gets his hands on a beautiful Dalmatian, Lyssa finds herself at a crossroad. Though she doesn’t ordinarily protest his questionable ways (he plans to sell the dogs to pharmaceutical research labs), the Dalmatian plagues her. Her relationship with the idea of rescue is thorny, though, and she fails to free the dog. Instead, like many of the characters in Horrocks’s appealingly rugged-hearted collection, she forges a messier path to solace.