Truly Kindly

December 9, 2007

Well, this was a lot like her other collection “Don’t Say Anymore Darling,” just with different stories.  You know the drill by now.  If you’re new to Yoshinaga, I wouldn’t start here, but if you just want more of the same from her, this is what you crave.

The first story was surprisingly sad.  It stars what appears to be a lazy criminal who kills the boyfriend he’s been mooching off of, then leaves the apartment.  He is offered a cookie by what appears to be a simple-minded young man in the park, and instead of taking the cookie he goes to live with him.  He takes him by force a couple times, but he has a violent outburst once again when he thinks the cookie boy is cheating on him.  This leaves the story open for a nice twist ending.  I’m not quite sure I totally understood everything that was going on, but I liked it quite a bit.

Another story featured the characters from “Lovers in the Night.”  It was a prologue of sorts, and read as the most sincere story in the collection.  It was kind of like the ending to Gerard and Jacques too, in that it featured the characters having to flee and split up because of the French Revolution.

One of the stories was a contemporary romance that took place in Seattle where two men finally come around to one another.  Fairly standard romance, not too much to say about this one.

The other story I want to mention was set in historical Japan and featured a locksmith and his partner trying to unlock a box for a prisoner who had to have what it contained in order to sell it and give to his wife to pay for their child.  The story was kind of a strange one, and there was a lot of “babe” tossed around.