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'"A mesmerizing collection of the first order. It's hilarious and it's harrowing. The stories here are exhilarating to read; some are breathtaking and achingly beautiful. This is a dazzling literary achievement." —John Dufresne, author of Johnny Too Bad "Many of the stories sparkle with daily ritual, along with the bonus (beyond pleasure) of a spirit-cleansing kindness, patience and tolerance." —Los Angeles Times "Barr demonstrates fine storytelling with a good ear for nuance." —Publishers Weekly "Captivating. Gonzalo Barr's ear for dialogue and eye for character are unfailing. Each story illuminates yet another corner of the human heart." —Julia Alvarez, author of Saving the World "Engaging, funny, highly enjoyable . . . With their deceptively modest authority and just as deceptively easy charm, these stories draw you in." —from the foreword by Francine Prose, author of A Changed Man'