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Meat Eaters & Plant Eaters: Stories
Jessica Treat. BOA (Consortium, dist.), $14 paper (140p) ISBN 978-1-934414-22-4
In her skillful third collection, Treat offers short, sharp glimpses into her characters' yawning existential anxiety. A wife vanishes from her home in the first tale, "Beached," narrated by her husband who recalls her "fatal flaw" in seeking out crowded, noisy places in order to fill up the quiet inside her. Similarly, in "Hans and His Daughter," a wife and mother abandons her home inexplicably, forcing her husband to care for their two-year-old …