This assortment marks the outstanding debut of a brand new voice in Canadian fiction. With a surgeon's ability, Natalee Caple finds the workings of the human middle and the everlasting look for love. within the identify tale, Lana, nursing her child son, tells her pal Karen: "Men are a type of blade. even supposing you will see that how sharp and quickly they're opposed to one other woman's dermis it nonetheless surprises you should you include them they usually reduce, lower via you, escaping from your opened back." however it is Lana who wielded the knife, stabbing her lover Gary, and taking part in Miles Davis as he slowly bled to demise. The police can comprehend against the law of ardour, yet now not the tune and never the darker terror that drove her to homicide. those fifteen tales minimize to the bone, probing the effect of ardour among moms and youngsters, sisters and brothers, husbands and other halves. the consequences are poignant and infrequently touched by means of loss. In 'The expense of Acorn,' a boarder bargains a pair a bathing computing device in go back for his or her merely baby; in 'Under Hunger,' a tender woman learns to learn in her instructor's mattress; in 'Breathing in April,' a novelist performs out her personal 'Death in Venice' fable as she follows a stranger to the seashore. Tautly written, every one of those tales demanding situations the conventional types of love, whereas by no means denying its robust nature -- its pleasure and its usually determined conclusions.