Short stories published in 1997

Listing 27 stories.

While her boyfriend travels through Europe, a paralegal moves into a new apartment with two new roommates. Against the backdrop of their wildly dissimilar personalities, she reexamines her values.

With elaborate descriptions of the body, a husband muses about his relationship with his delicate wife. Reflecting on their good and bad days, the husband oscillates between worrying about their future and feeling passionate love.

Two "straight" young men are hired for the summer to look after sheep on Brokeback Mountain; alone together, they fall into a sensual and secret romance that they never forget and can never quite leave behind. Over the next twenty years, although their careers and families threaten to separate them, they find ways to reunite.

In 1970s America, a teenage girl observes her parents and the members of their synagogue's Torah study group as they gather each Sunday to play poker. One day, she catches the rabbi bluffing.

When a depressed middle aged man strikes up a romance with his neighbor in a modern suburban American town, he consults women's magazines to make himself into the perfect lover.

A barista in a small Massachusetts town with a cynical outlook on vulnerability and love finds herself moved to reconsider the possibility of romance with her manager after she and her co-workers stay up late dancing with two clients, a quadriplegic man and his personal assistant, and sharing stories.

A music producer in Chicago helps her friend through heartbreak while she simultaneously examines her own ideas about love in the context of her long affair with a married man.

During the Civil War, a young man finds purpose helping the wounded while visiting his own injured brother.

After experiencing what should have been the most idyllic childhood, four siblings must learn how to assimilate back into the real world.

A woman posts an ad in a magazine for people positive for HIV and goes on dates with one degrading man after another, looking for someone to love.