A small town finds itself inundated with drama when a legendary writer falls ill there and must prepare for his death. A former model relives a life-changing romance years after everything she had was taken from her. A hairdresser comes to terms with how easy it is for routine to conquer adventure. An old man comes face to face with his own mortality on his daily walk. These are just a few of the stories that can be found in The American Lover, a thoughtful new short story collection by Rose Tremain.
In any short story collection, there will almost inevitably be some ups and downs. The American Lover is no different. Some of the collection’s shorter stories, like “Man in the Water,” end before they can really connect. Tremain seems to use