Vicky Swanky is a Beauty is a short story collection by Diane Williams. This collection includes 51 flash fiction short stories meaning they are under 1000 words. Most are shorter than a page. I struggled with these stories from beginning to end though the second half of the book was easier to enjoy as I let go of my story expectations and just enjoyed the words and emotions on the page. Described as Avant Guard, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve never read anything described that way and this short story collection reminded me of when I first approached Raymond Carver. The stories are nothing alike, but like Carver, I had to read multiple stories back to back and learn to read the author in order to appreciate the stories at all. Unlike Raymond Carver, I can’t say I’ve fallen in love with the story style though I found the stories interesting and there is a lovely levity about them. When I went to give the book a star rating on goodreads I couldn’t. I literally can’t decide how I feel about them. They reminded me of odd children’s poetry for adults. Much like Jabberwocky, I had no idea what was happening for most of the stories but each one left me with a very distinct emotion. Am I glad I ready this book? Yes, I do think it’s exposed me to a new style of writing that I would like to explore with other authors. Would I recommend it to others? Perhaps. If you like upbeat, confusing experimental fiction without defined plots and a poetic underpinning might enjoy this collection. Regardless, this isn’t a writer that you can read one or two stories and know how you feel about her. She’s a writer you need to spend some time with.