Though Rubik’s Cubes are no longer a national obsession, those colorful puzzles may keep coming to mind as you’re reading Sharon Dilworth’s second short-story collection, ‘’Women Drinking Benedictine.’’ Her fiction is just as intricate: whenever one person moves, another is dislodged, and the pattern of the narrative grows more elaborate with each turn. But while someone struggling with a Rubik’s Cube tries to twist everything back into alignment, Dilworth delights in doing the opposite. Characters initially arranged along familiar axes — husband and wife, mother and daughter, boyfriend and girlfriend — soon find themselves on unfamiliar ground.
Sharon Dilworth’s writing is animated and sympathetic, wry and aware. Her characters are vivid and unpredictable.
Year of the Ginkgo confirms that Sharon Dilworth is a remarkably talented writer. She has a keen eye for detail, an effortless, understated style, and an instinct for revealing these uncomfortable dark truths simmering away below polite suburban surfaces.