Karin Lin-Greenberg won the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction for the stories that became this collection (the winner is published by University of Georgia Press). She writes with a sharp eye and great affection for her flawed and very human characters. Some of the stories explore issues that arise from Lin-Greenberg’s upbringing and academic background (she earned a BA, MA, and MFA in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and now teaches at Siena College in upstate New York). Others probe the tensions in small towns among residents and, in some cases, a university community. This is an exceptionally strong and promising debut. When writers like @loriostlund, @rebeccamakkai, and Christine Sneed rave about a writer, she’s a safe bet.