Difficult Women by Gay Roxane
The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters grown now have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls' fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform compete and spy on each other Gay delivers a wry beautiful haunting vision of modern America.