Pitfalls in Pleasantville



SPELL HEAVEN and Other Stories
by Toni Mirosevich
Counterpoint. 288 pages, $16.95



LINKED STORY COLLECTIONS offer a particular pleasure: the opportunity to explore many different facets of a place or set of characters while still providing a measure of continuity, a narrative through-line that connects these elements. Toni Mirosevich’s collection Spell Heaven provides just this pleasure: a chance to settle in, walk around, get a sense of all the characters living in this coastal town full of fishermen and sailors, nurses and professors, people in comfortable homes alongside those who are down on their luck.

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Ruth Joffre is the  author of the short story collection Night Beast.



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