Release Day Review: Why They Run The Way They Do

I love reading short stories.

They are wonderfully written and conclude swiftly. As a writer short stories are the hardest to write!


So I will often buy short story collections, especially from Stephen King or any of the authors I like, to dissect and learn from them.  Reading them helps me understand the writing process from beginning, middle and end since the stories are so short.I study the plot and scenes. If you are a writer I highly recommend picking up some short stories. You can learn a lot from them, like from today’s book.

Let’s take a look at Why They Run The Way They Do by Susan Perabo.


Published: February 16th 2016 by Simon & Schuster

In Why They Run the Way They Do, critically acclaimed author Susan Pera
bo illustrates the triumphs and tragedies of daily life. Perfectly distilled into moments of sharp humor and poignancy, her latest collection features ordinary people in sometimes extraordinary circumstances. Two young students try their hand at blackmail upon learning an illicit secret; a woman grapples with
feelings of betrayal after discovering her spinster sister’s pregnancy test; the ghost of a couple’s past comes back to haunt them in the form of their toddler’s stuffed toy.

Weaving the banal and bizarre together, “Perabo’s clear, wry sentences meld a prose style that’s reminiscent of Raymond Carver’s with a sensibility that’s informed by People” (The New York Times). Here, this “literary talent” (The Boston Globe) captures the human condition through struggles that are quiet and grand; dark and provocative. Brilliantly crafted, Why They Run the Way They Do is ultimately an homage to the philosophy that life without humor is no life at all.

Tawney’s Review:  Short stories are my favorite. You can pick a chapter and read an entire story in minutes, from beginning to end.


Short stories usually have one character and one major event that’s featured. In Susan’s collection she has many different stories ranging from simple to bizarre. Some deal with cancer and pregnancy issues while other’s deal with talking stuffed animals that bring back memories of an affair. Each story brought a unique character and plot that kept me reading for more. From the first story “The Payoff” I was hooked.


Why They Run The Way They Do is a dark collection of short stories that brought the humor and emotions. I loved Susan’s dialogue. It brought realism and wit to her characters and their story. Even though the stories are short Susan develops each character perfectly to where I’m not confused at what’s happening and I understand what’s going on. The tone was lighter in some stories while dark in others, which kept my emotions on a roller coaster. Susan has a fantastic imagination that takes the reader into a world of unique people and the events that transpire in their life.  I couldn’t stop thinking about each story.


Should you read it? Yes! A great collection of stories full of humor and emotions. Brutally honest life stories that sometimes leave you breathless.


 Order your book today!



Thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending a copy. In no way does this affected my opinion.


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