Two subjects I know well, restaurants and short fiction, share the spotlight in my latest review of Egg Heaven, the debut collection by Robin Parks, over at the KR Online Summer Issue: “The restaurant provides respite for characters in conflict without taking center stage, its presence sound but inconspicuous. Yet whether her locales occupy the foreground or backdrop, the essential overriding effect that Parks curates is that of the constructed modern family. In these stories, the family one is born into can hardly be relied upon; rather, the individual, metaphysically if not literally orphaned, leans upon those he or she encounters within public spaces.”