FAIR AUGUSTO AND OTHER STORIES, Laura Kalpakian's first collection of short fiction shows remarkable breadth and depth. The settings, moods, themes and characters who inhabit these stories display enviable artistic range. "Hunters in the Fields of August" follows the fates and fortunes of a family of Italian Jews fleeing Mussolini. "Veteran's Day" (winner of the Stand International Short Fiction Competition) chronicles a disturbed veteran's return to his hometown. The title piece explores a lost lover whose suicide reverberates across lives and continents. Winner of the Pen West Best Short Fiction, these are stories to savor.