Some of McCorkle's characterizations of minor players are a bit broad, and some of the stories rely too heavily on their frames or their conceits — though witty, they're not as rich as their initial promise. But when these conceits work, the stories sing. When they don't, the substance of the stories is so good, and the pleasures they offer are so consistent, that you might not care.
JILL MCCORKLE | Newtonville Books, October 4 at 4 pm | www.newtonvillebooks.com | Brookline Booksmith, October 5 at 7 pm | www.brooklinebooksmith.com | Harvard Book Store, October 6 at 7 pm | www.harvard.com
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