After the Apocalypse: Stories, by Maureen F. McHugh is an uneven collection, with some excellent, stand out stories, and others that fall flat. Despite this, the collection is interesting, and even with the uneven terrain, I continued to read.
For the stories that work, McHugh provides excellent balance. She nods to the demands of the genre of post-apocalyptic literature, but does not sacrifice her stories on its altar. In other words, the stories carry the day; the characters, their conflicts, dreams, reflections, are the real meat of the stories and collection, not the doomsday scenarios.