Read Robert McCarthy's story, "Stag," which is Issue 126 of One Story. It's a story about an alcoholic mother and father taking custody of a young daughter; and, if the writing was not so wonderful in it's realism, descriptions, and the pacing, I would say that it was too pat, too constructed.
He is interviewed at One-Story by Jason Watt.
This question and answer are particularly helpful to me at this time. Quoted from the One-Story Jason Watt Q & A.
Jason Watt: "The events of Stag take place during a single day, mostly over the course of a few hours. Do you find that the form of the short story lends itself to brief durations?"
Robert McCarthy: "I think that just depends on the story and the writer. The shorter duration does seem to be easier for me. Maybe because I like to narrate close-third-person from a single point of view, and a lot of my favorite stories in that mode by Hemingway, O’Connor, and Joyce also have a short span. What’s challenging is to determine which will be the most telling few hours in the central character’s life."
I look forward to reading more of his stories. I do not recall that I've read any before even though he's been published in Zoetrope: All-Story, one of my favorites.