Sherrie Flick is, like every great writer, a sublime noticer. The rich bounty of stories in Thank Your Lucky Stars is a testament to the raw power of her attention, her imagination, and her compassion. Her range is also astonishing. She veers from realism to fabulism to naturalism, from crickets to cowboys to fake farmers, with special commendations for those ready and willing to risk their heart for a bit more out of life. I was reminded of so many of my favorite story writers, from Grace Paley to Aimee Bender to Raymond Carver. But mostly, I was reminded of Sherrie Flick.
At the end of the first story, when a woman ‘thanked her lucky stars,’ I knew I was in for a wild ride through stories where ‘happiness seems possible’ in spite of bleak and changing landscapes filled with puppies and cats, cigarettes, whiskey and wine, longing and desperation, and men—oh those men—and yes, love. Read Sherrie Flick’s collection. You will thank your own lucky stars.
Whether a character is buying corn, or having their photograph taken with an authentic cowboy, or choosing a new suit, you never know what will happen next in a Sherrie Flick story. Her new collection, Thank Your Lucky Stars, brims with wit and wisdom, love and disaster, and the best kinds of surprises. Each of her stories is a richly imagined little world. I loved visiting every one of them.
These fifty stories have an astonishing scope, as vast as our American states. Sherrie Flick seems to know something about all of us, and she’s telling our secrets.