Do the Windows Open? In nine overlapping tales, Hecht paints a portrait of a high-strung photographer as a married but childless macrobiotic baby boomer whose most significant relationship is… Fiction Short Stories
Book Review

Do the Windows Open?

Details Writer: Julie Hecht; Genres: Fiction, Short Stories

In nine overlapping tales, Hecht paints a portrait of a high-strung photographer as a married but childless macrobiotic baby boomer whose most significant relationship is with her reproductive surgeon. She's a misanthrope (her fellow New Yorkers go about ''their daily rounds of wrong choices and futile pursuits'') who's prone to recreational character assassination, but she gives special immunity to balding men honest enough to brush their hair straight back, in lieu of a comb-over. Hecht's stories in Do the Windows Open? are driven by blistering cynicism, but her tiresome preoccupation with organic vegetables and home renovation sometimes drags them down.

Originally posted Feb 07, 1997 Published in issue #365 Feb 07, 1997 Order article reprints