Everything in these stories revolves around plot; after the first few lines Schwitter’s characters become vivid and lively; her sentences are simple and unadorned. And they are definitely plots worth telling: Most of the stories deal with encounters: an incredibly touching and artful narration about a writer who brings her dead friend back to life by letting her dictate the story; the little boy’s horror when his Halloween wishes actually come true; the experiences of a waitress with her guests at closing time… Monique Schwitter creates an almost physical intensity between reader and text that betrays her skilful eye, her rapt ear and her acute sense of the comic.