Readers meet a wide variety of protagonists in these stories including a man on safari with his terminally ill sister, a middle-aged couple on their first weekend trip together, and a lonely landlord hoping to get to know his new tenant. What the characters have in common is difficulty with human connections. They each face challenges with people in their lives, whether it be a mother, a former colleague, or a wayward son. And they each have their own internal problems that make relationships difficult.
Despite the melancholy tone, these stories are not without hope. Guterson's characters continue to strive for better lives. The small, heartfelt portraits in this collection are full of insight and well worth reading.we
--Jennifer A., Headquarters