Another short story collection. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere contains some of the best short stories I’ve read, and one of my all-time favorites, “Brownies,” which has an epic first line:
“By our second day at Camp Crescendo, the girls in my Brownie troop had decided to kick the asses of each and every girl in Brownie Troop 909.”
ZZ Packer is one of the New Yorker’s anointed “20 under 40.” I don’t know what those awards really mean for a writer. Even if she never writes another word, though, as far as I can tell, she deserves it.