“Less is more,” the protagonist Deborah tells her friend in the beautifully realized story “Seat Belt.” And in Lisa De Niscia’s often funny, often heartbreaking collection, TO THE LEFT OF THE MICROWAVE, this seems to be Ms. De Niscia’s writing philosophy as well. Most of the stories (and one play) are brief and minimalistic, but their impact is stunning. We meet a 16-year old girl, disdainful of her mother but in total fear of being without her; a literacy volunteer who winds up learning a bigger lesson than she ever intended to teach; a 13-year old who, by story’s end, knows more about loyalty and unconditional love than the adults she studies through her front window. “Seat Belt” may be the biggest pleasure of all. It’s a tale of interracial love, and of prejudice coming from a very unsuspected place. To tell more might spoil De Niscia’s carefully constructed plot; I’ll let readers discover the joy of this story for themselves.