Each of the ten stories in Sharon Dilworth’s new collection has its special appeal; better still, they come together to form a finely crafted and beautifully balanced whole. Dilworth’s fully realized landscapes range from Pittsburgh to Hawaii to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Europe. They are inhabited by women, men, friends, lovers, neighbors, parents, and children, all of whom remind us that life is rarely what we think it should be. At once poignant and wonderfully comic, Women Drinking Benedictine is a collection to be treasured.
“In this collection of 10 well-crafted but low-key stories, Dilworth sticks mostly to flat, cautious sentences and characters. . . . The title story is compelling, however. . . . the narrator, Caroline, is one of Dilworth’s most sympathetic characters, especially in her tender, sincere friendship with Denny, the town’s alcoholic bartender.” —Publishers Weekly
ABOUT SHARON DILWORTH
Sharon Dilworth teaches at Carnegie Mellon University and has been the fiction editor at both CMU Press and August House. She has published two short story collections.