Stephan Lee
May 01, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The House at Belle Fontaine

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Lily Tuck
publisher
Atlantic Monthly Press
genre
Short Stories

We gave it an A-

Vehicular calamities — a commercial airline crash, a jet collision, multiple fatal car accidents — abound in the National Book Award winner’s 10 stories. But violent action is secondary to the characters’ interior upheaval: A woman discovers her late husband’s affair with his niece; an Antarctic cruise tests a marriage; a landlord and a tenant form an uncomfortable bond. While the entire book is stocking-stuffer-size, Tuck packs a small universe and decades of emotional history into each story in The House at Belle Fontaine. A-

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