Isabella Biedenharn
November 18, 2016 AT 04:49 PM EST

Pretend I'm Your Friend

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
MB Caschetta
publisher
Engine Books
genre
Short Stories

We gave it a B+

At first the stories in MB Caschetta’s linked collection (following her first novel, Miracle Girls, which came out in 2014) seem like loosely plotted vignettes, windows peering into characters’ lives for a brief moment before pulling away. But as the book goes on, people we thought we were finished with reappear, sometimes years older, often as secondary characters in someone else’s story.

They have affairs, fall for the wrong people, explore their sexuality, and mourn paths their lives could have taken. Caschetta’s prose is simple and evocative — and as she skillfully weaves these individual lives together, she reveals a complex tapestry of human experience. B+

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