Because I enjoy Olafsson's novel a few weeks ago, I picked up this collection of short stories. There is one for each month of the year and they all concern romance. In the first four (what I have read so far) it is romance or marriage gone wrong. Each of them has an upsetting ending that is not exactly a twist, but it's unpleasant. (And sometimes not really earned).
And after reading one, I read the other three anticipating a bad end and it colored my reading. There is no indication these stories were published anywhere else so I am wondering if he wrote them strictly for a collection and with the rough landings in mind. Can a story be written too much for the ending? Usually that is not the case with mainstream writing but it often is for genre writing. I think it works better for one than the other. I guess I will try a few more of these but I am not impressed.