Yes, Yes, Cherries: Stories by Mary Otis
Reviewed by John Burgman
The characters in Mary Otis's debut story collection, Yes, Yes, Cherries, operate in a gray space between blissful connection and utter detachment. Love, adolescence, divorce, and infidelity keep them floating. Everyone is almost happy, but not unhappy either. In "Pilgrim Girl," teenage Allison is smitten with her older, increasingly creepy, married neighbor who drives her to school. That ride leads to lunch, and that lunch leads to tender moments behind the dumpster of Cappy's Clam Shack.
Otis's sometimes-connected stories work best when her characters demonstrate quirky acts of..." Read the entire Esquire Review.