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I picked up Sixteen Short Novels at the September BookCrossing meeting last year. Yes; I went a week postpartum and Harriet went too. My goal is to read and review each of these short novels but if I do it all at once I'll only get this one massive book read for quite some time. Instead, I'll concentrate on each novel separately and count each one as its own book just as I did for the four novellas in Four Past Midnight. At that rate I figure I can read about three of these short novels a month and I should have the book ready for release by Harriet's first birthday.
The first story in the collection is "Andrea" by John O'Hara. Told from the point of view of Andrea's first lover and perhaps longest lover over the course of a couple decades. Neither has an especially happy life but they go about the motions, meeting up as their paths cross.
"Andrea" is a story of events and what-ifs. Every chance they get to make a decision they make the wrong the one and go farther down a path of loneliness and unhappiness.