I'm one of those people who love a good short story, although I don't read them all that often.
I usually keep a book of shorts by my bed for those nights I'm too tired to get into whatever book/s I'm currently reading.
A good short story draws me in, shows me a little nugget of truth, then gently lets me go again.
I don't always remember the characters or their dramas; short stories aren't made for that kind of reading experience.
Instead, for me, short stories are about the feeling, the atmosphere, the beautifully turned phrase, the authentic experience.
Masters of this type of short story are Alice Munro, William Trevor, Angela Carter...and now, Cate Kennedy.
Her stories range from dysfunctional families to tenderness, loyalty to despair, deceit to good deeds.
As I was going through them I realised I was building up a collection of 'd' words to describe each story. By the end I was determined to find as many 'd's as possible!
The last few stories were a bit of a stretch, but I came up with 'desire', 'disappointment', 'disability', 'do-over' & finally 'dick-head'!
As with all collections of short stories, there are a few that linger on for days & weeks afterwards, a few that you wish were longer & a couple you remember nothing about.