This has to be one of the most intriguing, fun short story collections I have read in quite a while. What a premise it has! It starts like so:
In June 2009, WRDB, a Central-Pennsylvania NPR affiliate, launched a narrative project as part of a "small-town cultural preservation campaign "asking listeners to address, in 2000 or fewer words, the following prompt:
Describe a specific event-historical, ritualistic, or personal-that typifies the culture of your hometown.
From the submissions, ten finalists would be chosen.
From the over 12,000 essays received they found that the submissions from Uncanny Valley addressed a quite different angle of small town living...What follows are the 33 submissions from Uncanny Valley. This book is less than 150 pages, so the "essays" are very short and very entertaining.
I'm super excited because so far this collection is kicking ass and I'm having a great time with it. I hope that the thrills continue.