I feel like my mother wrote this, which is why I bought it. My mother is not a prize-winning author, and Lydia Davis is, but otherwise, the stories in, Can't and Won't, seem like things my mother would say or write or tell me on the phone. These are ordinary moments: experiences that we all have and let flutter out the window. Many of these stories are on a single page: some of them in a single sentence. Some of them are interesting facts, and revisions, and overheard conversations. They are prose poems and realizations and explanations. They are dreams and letters and translations. There's a lot of truth here, and a lot of funny.