A lot of reviewers say that this is an uneven book-- and I agree that some stories are stronger than others. I feel like either you get what Russell is going for and like it, or it's not your thing at all. What she excels at, in my opinion, is creating a rich and realized storyworld for each piece in this collection. I found her characters interesting and generally sympathetic. What she's not so great at is nailing the ending-- but I can forgive that because her use of language is so engaging and poetic. I want to add that I HIGHLY recommend this audiobook (over reading a hard copy) because the narration is fantastic. Each story has its own narrator and I thought all of them were truly wonderful. The narration alone made this one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
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