How can we protect what we love?

How can we protect what we love?  Deena Metzger reviews latest book by naturalist, Susan Cerulean, who faces the extremity of her father’s Alzheimer’s and the fate of Florida’s shorebirds — two perfect storms.

Piano Bench

“Right there at one of the long brown tables in the middle of a class I don’t care about, I realize I’m in love with someone from the university, which is funny because being in love with someone from the university is what my husband accuses me of all the time.” A short story by Cady Vishniac.

Sol’s Visit

“He was afraid of girls. It didn’t matter how shy or friendly or fat or pretty or plain or desperate the girl was. He was afraid of them all. Then he grew up and his father died and he was still afraid of girls . . .” A short story by Jennifer Anne Moses.

On Privacy

“Having procured the grape leaves, the Whole Foods shopper sat back down next to me on the bed in our married couple pose, lifted the comforter up over himself again, and started munching. . . I was entranced.” A short story by Cady Vishniac.

The Children

“The truth is, even now he doesn’t know how or why he’d so abruptly turned his back on his wife and children, forsaken his wedding vows, and broken with Jewish law. It was almost as if he’d been under the influence of a drug.” A story by Jennifer Anne Moses.