Refund by Karen E. Bender: A Book Review

I just finished reading¬†Refund, a collection of short stories written by author Karen E. Bender and published by Counterpoint Press.¬†All of the stories center around the question of money in a post 9/11 economy for characters who are used to being able to make a living. With an eye that is beyond observant and almost prescient, Ms. Bender reveals exactly what is at stake when people’s livelihoods are threatened. Her characters scramble for dignity, survival, and a sense of selfhood while the systems that are supposed to sustain them crumble away. For me, reading this collection of stories was an…