EW Staff
May 09, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

In linked stories mostly set in Nantucket, Mass., the unnamed narrator tries to cope with her many phobias (of meat, germs, Republicans) in Happy Trails to You.

Standout Story
The prickly, lonely protagonist struggles to connect with two women over herbal remedies in the touching ”Cramp Bark.”

Bottom Line
Julie Hecht can be droll, but her narrator’s relentless neuroses ultimately grate. B-

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