Never On A Sundae
By Nicole
Dec 1, 2004 - 10:44:00 PM

WHAT YOU WISH FOR by Wendy Markham:

While eating a to-die-for ice cream sundae at Sundae’s with a friend, Delaney wonders if her impending marriage to Bob, her straight-as-an-arrow, conservative, and successful businessman fiancé, is what she really wants in life. After all, marriage is so, well, permanent. Cleaning out her drawers of all the stuff she’s accumulated throughout the years as a single New Yorker, she comes across a key. She has no idea what it’s for, yet finds herself unable to throw it away. Did it belong to one of her many exes?

LOLA WAS HERE by Lynn Messina:

Lola Reynolds is in a funk. After two widely raved exhibits, she feels as though her creativity has run dry. Chatting with an old friend in Sundae’s, she wonders how she can continue her success as a conceptual artist and photographer when she’s not sure she deserves the praise she’s gotten and hasn’t picked up her camera in ages. A meeting with another old friend may turn her life around.


THE WAITRESS by Daniella Brodsky:

Kate Lieve, best-selling author, works as a waitress at Sundae’s. She likes to live her life low-key and most people don’t know her as an author. She’d love to find a man to share her life. When she finally meets the one she thinks might be it, he wears a wedding ring. He’s off limits, or is he?


The three short stories in NEVER ON A SUNDAE all revolve around a diner named Sundae’s. Wendy Markham has written a humorous and introspective second-person story in WHAT YOU WISH FOR. It’s rare to see a story in this tense, so prepare for a treat! LOLA WAS HERE deals more with Lola’s career than love life, but it’s an interesting piece and Lynn Messina’s writing is intriguing. It doesn’t have the light-heartedness of Markham’s, but I felt drawn into Lola’s world. THE WAITRESS is most likely my favorite. Kate seemed so real as she went through the motions of her life. Daniella Brodsky’s writing is lyrical and flows smoothly. Sometimes with short stories you feel that something is missing and the writing rushed, but when THE WAITRESS ended, I felt supremely satisfied. I hope to read more from Ms. Brodsky in the future.

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