Valeria's Last Stand

Valeria's Last Stand - Marc Fitten I enjoyed the vivid characters, many of whom are not given proper names (the potter, the mayor, the deputy, etc). The fable-like story has a somewhat slapstick feel, where you see the impending conflict and can't help but groan and laugh. The enjoyment comes from the way the conflicts play out. However, Valeria's desire to change her habits and the difficult choices thrust upon the potter build depth and interest.