A series of loosely linked, long, short stories illuminating the many facets and wide-ranging definitions of love, loss, tragedy, joy, wierdness, and what passes for normalcy in most lives. Beautifully, tenderly written with straight-forward but lyrical prose. There's a couple of taboos addressed here, but only the terminally squeamish or deeply religious could object to their handling. Everything you'll ever find on the love/hate continuum is here, including one piece about a serial killer that will make almost anyone's skin crawl. In places, not for the tender-hearted, but always rewarding and illuminating. Not a word out of place. A 4, with a great deal of sex but not much of it explicit.