Although the book is not a romance story by any stretch, it is a relationship story. Relationships within the family: hers was, as the old saying goes, unhappy in its own unique way. Relationships between collectors and their collections, between men and women, between employers and employees, between sexually-attracted people in a stopped, between-floors elevator. As always, Butler's stories take unexpected turns. If you are not reading this author, you are missing a treat. Give this to someone for a birthday present; they'll remember you fondly for a long, long time. A 5.