Short Stories. THE NATURAL FATHER…presents us with a variety of stories that nudge the genders toward each other respectfully and tenderly, evoking the baffled yearnings in the hearts of those on both sides of the love equation, while never betraying the reader’s sense of how it really is. In Lacy’s writing there is a beautiful blend of emotion with craft (Lucia Nevai). Lacy, an MFA graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and winner of the Midwest Voices fiction competition, sponsored by Poets & Writers, has had stories in many journals and anthologies. This first collection comprises 11 stories which revolve around relationships, in prose that is crisp and accurate.