Spoiled by Caitlin Macy. Cringe-worthy stories. I liked “Red Coat,” a story about a newish stay-at-home wife who ends up stealing her young cleaning woman’s coat out of coat check at her local cafe, when it was published in The New Yorker. In the context of several other stories about the habits of upper class Manhattanites (“Christie,” “Annabel’s Mother” and “Spoiled,” the title story) though, well, ick!
I understand writing about social discomfort, class shame, plain old shame, but these were too confining for me. I’d rather read Mary Gaitskill if I want to be made uncomfortable. At least there’s more variety in her story collections.