Stories about love and loss, mostly. I like how she incorporated the supernatural - the past lives in the story of a woman who loses her baby. The story "At the Zoo" could almost be a Sam Shepard play (dysfunctional family + alcoholic family + kid almost getting lost at the zoo). The love stories of "World Champion Cow of the Insane" and "The Lion Gate" succeed because they're honest, the characters slightly impoverished, their emotional lives feel undramatized. Lovely collection. "Embodied" is my favorite story.