April Wilder’s “This is not an Accident”

In the nine stories and one novella that comprise April Wilder’s brilliant This is not an Accident, her characters are not quite normal and are headed for self-destruction, often taking others with them. Kat, the main character in the title story “This is not an Accident”, is taking a traffic school course but thinks nothing of driving erracticaly for hours at a time. In “Me Me Me”, main character Gilda’s younger sister Fawn is adopting a child from a group home but the child seems older than her stated years. Wilder’s writing takes on  modern life as readers know it with its lack of a perfect world and  its often avoidable disasters .

 

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