About a year ago a customer whose reading preferences coincide with mine told me to read Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman. The bedside pile, however, was as tall as a year, so I am just now passing this recommendation on to you. After reading the first story I needed to wait a bit before starting the second. It was just so rich. Same for the second and the third, but after the fourth story - well, it was like eating potato chips: I just couldn't stop.
Each story reflects this author's ability to create whole worlds and lives that feel so real; and she does this with grace, and with compassion for our very human frailties. Don't miss this one, even if you usually shy away from short stories.