This collection comprises ten compelling stories of everyday people struggling to make good decisions in difficult circumstances. Nine award-winning stories have been previously published, including the title story which was a finalist for the 2021 Doris Betts Fiction Prize. One story, "A Friend Next Door" is new. The collection also includes a nonfiction piece, "Avoiding Failures," which offers a unique perspective on gun culture in small-town Appalachia.
Sarah P Blanchard's stories, poems, and essays have been published in literary journals, podcasts, and online. Her debut novel, Drawn from Life, will be released in early 2024. She lives and writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina.