This book has four great short stories. They are the perfect length for night time reading. From the back of the book: "..in this collection of four unforgettable stories, we meet people struggling to understand themselves and the unexpected turns their lives have taken..."
A great collection of short stories that kept me engaged for hours. Marvelous author.
A lovely collection of 4 (longish) short stories. Old-fashioned in the good sense: Canin's writing emphasizes his characters' humanity, and for the most part his characters feel true and real. There are no slick, post-modern tricks here, just good writing. If you like this collection, I can recommend Carry Me Across the Water, as well, which is one of his full-length novels.
I enjoyed these stories and thought overall that they were quite well written. All of the stories were from a male character's perspective, but each one had a heartfelt message about the trials, misfortunes, and disappointments one's life can take. The Palace Thief was my favorite, and I am looking forward to watching the movie version entitled "The Emperor's Club" starring Kevin Kline. I would definitely try another of Canin's books, most particularly "For Kings and Planets", which was a New York Times bestseller.