The freezing rain sifts down, handfuls of shining rice thrown by some unseen celebrant. Wherever it hits, it crystallizes into a granulated coating of ice. Under the streetlights it looks so beautiful: like fairy silver, thinks Constance. But then, she would think that; she's far too prone to enchantment.Nope, that doesn't grab me, the beginning of the first story. I flipped through the whole book, reading the opening lines of each of the "nine tales." The one I like best is the story that became the book's title: "Stone Mattress":
At the outset Verna had not intended to kill anyone.Oh, yeah! This sounds good. This one makes me want to read the whole book, so I'll hold off until I read it in its place, which happens to be the eighth story of nine. I hope the other stories are worth it. Here's a summary of the book:
In case you wonder why I'm reading it without having read the blurb I just shared, it's because my friend Donna enjoyed the book. She handed it to me, so I'm ready to take her word and start reading.
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