Desire lines are the paths people take when they want to go somewhere. Often they are maps of the heart, in other words, the paths people take when they’re looking to love or to be loved. These stories highlight truths that most of us prefer to ignore, and maybe that is one of the functions of art. This is what the critics say of Mary Soderstrom’s previous work. She has “the grace and sweep of the best novelists” (Ottawa Citizen). “A gem of a collection” (Globe & Mail). “There just aren’t enough stories out there that are this good” (Montreal Mirror). Desire Lines is Mary Soderstrom’s thirteenth published book.