Short stories published in 1990

Listing 33 stories.

A housewife in Wisconsin tries desperately to warn people about the impending doom Hitler poses as he rises to power in Europe. Simultaneously, she lives vicariously through her daughters and hopes to glean satisfaction out of their romances where she can't from her own.

An American art historian attends a diplomat's dinner in Amsterdam where a looming threat of a terrorist attack hangs over the evening.

An old woman takes a day trip through the Mexican town of La Luz. After one of her appointments is unexpectedly cancelled, she must find new ways to spend her day.

After his mother passes, a middle-aged man reminisces on the relationship between himself, his mother, and their house in rural Pennsylvania.

After a man's suicide, his former wife and sister live together. at odds with one another as they differently processes their feelings of grief.

In 1990s Leningrad, a Russian man prepares to emigrate, but things don't quite go as planned—twists of fate, complex friendships, and the omnipresent KGB stand in his way.

On the day of her wedding, a woman finds that she detests all of her guests and wishes she could be free of her current life.

A woman flying home to San Francisco is forced on a detour because of a catastrophic earthquake that hits Northern California. She calls an ex-boyfriend with whom she is still in love to make sure he is safe and the two weigh whether or not to continue their romance.

Because of her peculiar disposition, a young woman faces several challenges while living in her hometown in South Carolina. However, the same traits that her town sees as undesirable might just save her life when she becomes imprisoned in an enemy camp during World War II.

Following the death of her mother, a daughter recalls her mother gossiping about a small family in the Ottowa valley where a man shamelessly robs two sisters of their inheritance through marriage.