Wishes, Sins and the Wissahickon Creek by P. J. Devlin is a collection of ten short stories. Some have been published before, one is to be published in 2017. This gives the reader an insight into the mind of a developing writer. If I had to develop a linear scale that on the low end would be marked “tame and nostalgic” to the high end marked “amazing and surprising,” these stories could be placed on that line in their order of presentation. For me, the writer who wrote the first story is a different writer from the one of the last story, the one that will appear in 2017. But they are all good. Following are my takeaways on each story.