The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story by Joan Wickersham is an extremely bright, clever, and novel series of stories. Wickersham is able to tell compelling tales about real life human problems, while still maintaining a moderate level of narrative experimentation. She keeps readers guessing with unexpected twists and turns of both plot and character development. Simply put, she writes strong, vivid stories.
Reading this collection heartened me that there are still people out there adding to the stature and range of the short story form.