when i started this collection of short stories - well i wasn't moved, too much at all. by the third story, "majorette," i was hooked. discarded my family for the day and read the rest of the book. each short story is a mini novel. fully developed stories that suck you in and complete themselves - no shoddy wrap up endings - real stories with real developed characters and story lines. "blythe" was a devine read, stole the show.