This collection of 5 short stories focuses on alternate endings/interpretations of the latter days in the lives of some of literature’s heavyweights. Oates puts a unique spin on the lives of Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Henry James, and Ernest Hemingway. Not only does she incorporate biographical elements, she also channels the writing styles of each of the authors. The stories were unique and I finished the book wanting to learn more about each of the authors Oates focused on. It’s hard to go much further in depth without summarizing each of the short stories, but this was definitely a dark and engaging read. If you’re a literature lover you’ll appreciate this collection.