(2007) by Rebecca Barry. A short story collection, a novel in stories. Set in a small town in upstate New York. The characters are denizens of a neighborhood bar. This collection is all about characterization and I would recommend it to any aspiring writer and any creative writing class.
Later, at the Bar is what WInesburg, Ohio should have been. I remember reading Winesburg in college. I was greatly impressed. All of these supposedly dull, small town people fizzing over with emotion. I read it again years later and wondered what I had seen in it.
I'm sure Later, at the Bar will never suffer that fate. I was sorry when I came to the end. Rebecca Barry left me wanting more. I'm still wondering how she did it.