What Curtis Sittenfeld writes, I want to read. I feel like she's writing for me, almost; like she gets inside my head. When the Atlantic announced that it was premiering a new short story by Sittenfeld in January '10, I couldn't wait to read it, and this story did not disappoint. I don't recall seeing any other short fiction by Sittenfeld anywhere else, but if she happens to have amassed a few, I would love to read a collection. If you haven't read any of Sittenfeld's other work, try "American Wife" (one of my favorite books of the past decade), or "Prep" - both novels.
Just a word about the listing: Whomever posts these short fiction listings for the Atlantic should probably put the words "(short story)" in parentheses after each title. It seems that the bulk of the low ratings given to the Atlantic offerings (Shovel Kings, Cynara, A Regular Couple, etc.) are for the listings not being entirely clear that these are short stories, not whole books, being offered at $3.99 (i.e., for the perceived low "value" of the offering in terms of money), rather than because of the content or style of the writing itself.
Another word about the price of these short stories (and this has nothing to do with Ms. Sittenfeld's fine story, but I need to say it somewhere): I think $3.99 is too much for each of these Atlantic stories. I think they should be priced like songs are, at $0.99 a pop. I realize I may be wrong about this. However, I also know that I don't think I can continue to buy 2 stories each month at that price as it would add up to almost $100 per year. I will have to be more selective about which Atlantic Fiction offerings I choose in the future.