Campbell, Bonnie Jo. American Salvage. Wayne State University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0814334126 170 pp. $18.95
The overall theme seems to be unfortunate accidents and circumstances beyond our control, and what remains (salvageable?) after: a family’s vacation cottage is violated and desecrated by drug addicts; a hunter hits a 13-year old girl out for an early morning walk; a young guy who is upset over his dad’s remarriage sets himself and his vehicle on fire; a man has a boating accident and has his own private pity party…
I found one story, “The Solution to Brian’s Problem” (his wife is a drug addict) pretty brilliant for it’s style, written as a list of ways to confront, kill, save, or just escape her. It was a lone standout.