"Demanding and grim, these tales do provide stimulation—but through analytical channels more than emotional, leaving plenty of distance for contemplating intimacy's exigencies."
A handful of loosely linked stories (one long enough to be a novella) displays a smart variety of family dysfunction: Caponegro's third collection (The Star Café
, 1990, etc.) sustains her reputation as a writer with a disturbing, complex vision.
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