Pat Lawson's fine new collection, Odd Ducks, reminds us that engaging stories can be found anywhere, including the modest households of both Kansas Cities. Among her subjects are adolescents bemused by the odd rituals of their parents; school librarians beguiled by a charming student; and Latino kindergartners who show more imagination than their teachers. Then there are the well-meaning neighbors who learn the singular lesson--running like a leitmotif through the collection--that no good deed goes unpunished. A Lawson story has three stellar traits: a Chekhovian gift for the telling detail, a talent for ending a story with breathtaking precision, and a dry humor infusing it all.
—Catherine Browder, Now We Can All Go Home: Three Novellas in Homage to Chekhov
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