By Joanna Scott
REVIEWED BY JOANNA POWELL
A bee rises from a bride’s bouquet searching the “buttery sheen of her cheek” for a place to pierce it. A sexually needy young woman angers a lover when she inadvertently releases his finches into the dusky Brooklyn sky. A coddled housewife’s secretive children go missing. Sinister undercurrents hum through this second collection of short stories from novelist Joanna Scott, lending tantalizing suspense to even the most benign surroundings. Set in and around New York City from 1919 to the present, these 10 tales showcase Scott’s masterly storytelling—and her skill with unpredictable twists.