Flair and Compassion: Marian Thurm’s “Pleasure Palace: New and Selected Stories”

I love Marian Thurm’s new collection of stories, Pleasure Palace.   These delightful short stories, published between 1979 and 2021, are graceful, witty, and vigorously engaging.  In “Banished,” Cliff, a widower, bonds with a retired English teacher over a comma.  In “Today Is Not Your Day,” Lauren falls and breaks her kneecap after her fiance Alex breaks up with her.  In “Pleasure Palace,” a new widow is enraged to find the contractor botching the remodeling of the “pleasure palace” of a bathroom she and her late husband had planned.

Great stories!  You can read my review here at the new blog:


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