"No Flies, No Folly" takes place, I would guess, in the nineteenth century. A Russian Jewish peddler is captivated by Mrs. Hartzler, one of his customers. She is a woman interested in the world beyond her immediate farm and family which news of Shimel provides several times a year on his delivery route. The children love him and Mrs. Hartzler and Shimel become close, lovers. The story is rich in description and characterizations but I found it hard to believe the extent to which Mrs. Hartzler and Shimel became involved.
It's written in present tense and first-person POV.
an interview, Oxford American