Frances Metzman has found the secret of presenting a mood in a short story with the sparest amount of words. Her short story collection, The Hungry Heart, contains insights into behavior, empathy, suspense and the subtle psychological interplay between people. We fall in love with Metzman’s characters and forget we are reading finely crafted fiction. The author has a rare gift to draw us in and make us root for the protagonist. These short stories deal with age-old relationship dilemmas. The general thrust of these beautifully-written, creatively imagined stories is to examine both the basest and the triumphs of human emotions. Metzman’s sure hand brings us into a fully realized world leavened with humor and passion.