The New York Times praises Christine Lincoln for writing ''with understated grace and a terrific eye for detail.'' Through 12 expressive and haunting short stories, Lincoln explores the lives of an African American community in the South. In the first tale, ''Bug Juice,'' listeners meet Sonny, a small boy who is easily influenced by his elders. Sonny reappears in ''All That's Left'' alongside Junie and Scoogie, children on the brink of adulthood. Each story offers a glimpse into the lives of these young men and women who struggle to understand their own thoughts and emotions .