A middle-aged veterinarian lusts after his teenage sister-in-law; a fed-up wife seeks revenge on her stripper-kidnapping husband; a troubled widow flirts with a teenage rapist to better understand her angry son. Whoa! The characters in Lisa Glatt's sophomore book, The Apple's Bruise, aren't just bruised they're pretty rotten. In nearly all 12 stories, Glatt sketches her characters' ugliness and despair as if peering at them from behind tilted blinds. But from such a distant view, we don't ever get close enough to feel for them.