It Happened in the Cottonwood Library Parking Lot by Ann K. Metlay is a book of twenty short stories centered around the library’s parking lot. The Cottonwood Library is an actual place in Arizona. The stories in this book are all fiction but each has a little bit of truth in them. In some of the stories the characters go in the actual library and in others the characters just hang out in the parking lot. All the stories in the book are some way connected to the library parking lot.
The stories in It Happened in the Cottonwood Library Parking Lot are all very different. The only thing that they have in common is that Metlay has made them all have something to do with the library’s parking lot. This idea is what drew me to want to read this book. Like every book of short stories some stories are better than others. My favorite story in the book was Blessings. Blessings is about how a woman rescues a dog, but in the long run the dog ends up rescuing her. I also liked how the stories Mousse and Merchandise intertwined. I enjoyed seeing what the lady really thought of Harry. I did not understand all the stories and not all of them have a point, but just as Metlay says in her introduction “In this collection of very short stories, lies tales of individuals whose lives change, or don’t”.
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I gave this book 4 stars and have posted reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Reader’s Favorite and the Reading Room.