First story I read through of Mr. Stennett's, and I've found it was provocative, funny, engaging, even stunning. And the entirety of the story takes place in a few hours of one single day. But what a day the main character has!
Following the heavy controversy of Chick-Fil-A's CEO's highly controversial remarks on his belief in marriage, one single employee doesn't really have much of a care about how people are reacting, all he cares about is that he's got a job and can't let his secret come out, lest the possibility of losing his job come through. And this day is setting records left and right, from record crowds to record time certain foods are gone, and things are okay with this guy until one customer makes a very hateful comment. Letting that slide, things get worse when his manager gets a verbal blindside. Then it gets really peculiar when a guy in a chicken outfit enters the scene. Oh yes, and a very awkward, almost heartbreaking scene dealing with the employee and his former love. Talk about a thunderstruck moment.
Unlike his previous novels, this short story doesn't come with footnotes to further expound anything. I guess all the necessary details are right there as needed to tell the story proper. OVerall, it is quite a story that, strangely, never feels like it's going overboard and never feels like it's trying to make you feel uncomfortable, just trying to help one understand another's point-of-view, even that one's hope about the afterlife. And it's stories like this I really love to read.