Denis Horgan's collection of stories explores the nature of identity and how we perceive it in this modern world. As a journalist myself, one of my favorites was "The Obit," which examines the nature of an extraordinary life that has none of the trappings of how society normally measures success.
"What do we have here then? Nice. Kind. Loved her family. Did good works around town. Nothing."
The final story in the collection, which also provides its title, is a poignant examination of what happens when digital identity is stolen, a modern-day dilemma if there ever was one. The victim in the story feels helpless, which Horgan expresses in a very affecting way.
"It bored the system to imagine worrying about so small a thing, so impossibly bothersome to unravel, like trying to remove the cream from the coffee."
This collection, with its subtle and pointed observations, is not to be missed.
By far, my favorite story was "The English Aisles," the story of a grocery store manager who torments his customers by moving items all around the store. I kept trying to read lines aloud to my husband, but I was laughing too hard to do so. If I were organizing a grocery store, that's exactly how I'd do it.