Watermark by Christy Ann Conlin

Christy Ann Conlin's first collection of her short stories is entitled Watermark, and while I haven't read either of her two previous (and highly acclaimed) full-length novels, I came away from Watermark suitably impressed with her short fiction work. There are eleven stories here, all in fine form, and no two alike, yet Ms. Conlin's voice throughout is strong and sure, once you get the feel for it.

In Progress: Stories by Catharine Leggett

Catharine Leggett lives in London, Ontario and In Progress was the winner of the Eludia Award, which is given yearly by Hidden River Publishing as a first-book award, for a book-length work of fiction (either a short story collection or a novel) by a woman writer, age 40 or above. Recognition like this from a publisher is not easy to come by, so even before I opened the cover, I knew that In Progress met with someone's standards for what good stories should be.