My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is a collection of short stories, probably about ten or so, and each story is worthy. I am always amazed every time I read a book of short stories the depth and development of the characters. Possibly because there is not so much onus on pushing a story forward, but rather in finding meaning in smaller, daily, mundane activities, these stories tend to allow for greater depth to the characters than many novels. The other thing I really enjoy about short stories, and about Chaon's collection here, is the variety of human emotion and relationships that are traversed in his stories, and the multitude of reflection they can cause. I found each story impelled me to stop upon conclusion and just think about it, the characters, the issues they face, and so on; and I truly enjoy books that do that, so I thought that Chaon's collection here is very good.
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