Outskirts: Women Writing from Small Places by Emily Schultz: A surprising read. While moving from story to story in this anthology of short fiction I often found myself forgetting that these works were in fact, fiction. Compelling tales and emotional narratives, the words on the page made it seem like I was in the same room where the story itself was unfolding. Although many of the environments, scenes and activities were highly unfamiliar to me, taking place in rural locations, I found ways to associate myself with the characters themselves and all they were going through. An easy read, although not a shallow one.