The stories in The Apple's Bruise take a smart and unflinching look at love, frailty, and happiness and prove beyond doubt that Glatt is a modern master at blending heartbreak and hilarity. In “Dirty Hannah Gets Hit by a Car,” a seven-year-old girl bullied by a neighbor across the street gains strength after a serious accident; in "Animals," a zoo veterinarian from a family of butchers tries at once to deal with his marital problems and the high rate at which his animals are dying; and in “Soup,” a young widow tries to reconcile her feelings for her teenage son's friend, the town delinquent.
With tenderness, insight, and humor, Glatt casts her gaze simultaneously on the beauty and the absurdity of our humanity, creating unforgettable portrayals of unusual characters and the complexities of desire and fidelity that compel them.
“There's a quality to the best literary fiction
that I've come to call 'ominosity.' It's not a writers' workshop thing,
like tension or conflict, nor what you feel reading a thriller or a detective
story. It's not a mere mood, like noir. It's bigger, deeper, like an earthquake.
Ominosity is a cultural tremor; it's in the pores of fiction, a kind of
warning. Lisa Glatt . . . has got ominoisty.”