|I read my copy of this book courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia|
I really appreciated the quality of Serber's writing. The title story, and the first in the collection, caught my attention as being especially vivid and poetic for prose form. Her word choice in that story is exceptional. I also enjoyed the suite of stories focusing on Ruby, but I felt like those stories would have been better served in novel format, or even as connected short stories in their own book. Having just a few non-connected short stories seemed strange and somewhat jarring, as most of the stories revolved around Ruby and Nora.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of reading these stories. Ruby and Nora have a fascinating story line, and the other stories in the book were also compelling. If you're a fan of the short story, I think this will appeal, but I also think the connected stories make it good reading for those who aren't familiar with short stories or who are just getting started in the genre.
I'll definitely read Serber's future writing. She certainly has the potential to be a great novelist and short story author. I look forward to seeing what she writes in the future.