They’re all engaging stories but I was most surprised to like “Bunny’s Sister” because I’m not usually a fan of stories with adolescent protagonists, the “coming of age” genre being my least favorite of all. But Bunny in this story is both older and younger than her chronological age. Her older sister has run away because of a conflict with their mother and step-father and Bunny, having her own conflicts with them, sets off to find her, experiencing along the way the unexpected kindness of strangers.
“You leave traces of yourself, Bunny thinks, everywhere you’ve been. Silvery shapes. She has thought hard about it. Because to tell the truth this isn’t the only time she has seen Merle. The first time was on the bus that goes up Broadway. Bunny had been outside the Cathedral Market. There in the third window, her face against the glass, was Merle. She hadn’t smiled, she hadn’t waved, she had just fixed her eyes on Bunny. She’d looked sad.”It’s a fast and rewarding read from a terrific writer.