For me, short story collections are tricky things to put together in a way that will attract most readers. I was happy to discover, however, that this collection is pretty easy to slide into. It has nice cohesiveness, so it doesn’t feel as stilted as some others do. The reader could easily recognize the themes of alienation, loneliness, and self-discovery spread throughout the stories.
At first, from the synopsis, I thought I’d be jumping into magical realism, and, in a way, I was, but it doesn’t overwhelm the reader or make things less believable. Since all the stories are grounded in human emotion, we immediately identify with that and not with some of the quirkier elements. My favorites in the collection were “Cold Fusion” and “A Wolf’s Choice.” Both of these completely captured me and made me wish they were a tad bit longer so we could get more of what’s happening, especially in “Cold Fusion.”
The writing is lovely, with many wonderful moments and sentences that will strike you. I do recommend this book. It is a refreshing read, introspective read.