Ramona Ausubel combines the otherworldly wisdom of her much loved debut novel, with the precision of the short story form. Organised through the stages of life: love, conception, pregnancy, birth, childhood and the transformations as people experience love, parenthood and death. In each of the these 11stories, Ausubel's imagination and humour lead the reader to see the world in a different way.
"Each story in this collection finds a way to record the tensions between the corporeal and the invisible, the forces that animate us but ultimately can't be dissected, our anti-anatomies. The dismay of coming to the final page is easily combated by following the example of Ausubel's characters and beginning all over again."-The New York Times Book Review "Aggressively imaginative."-The New York Times "Lyrical stories arranged around themes of birth, gestation, conception and love. . . . Ausubel has a gift of language so rich that even the most mundane events are invested with poetry, and many of her characters are in need of all the poetry they can muster."-Kirkus "Ausubel is a master stylist of vibrant, concise prose, and these stories, with love most often at their cores, can be appreciated for that alone."-Booklist "These stories reminded me of branches full of cherry blossoms: fresh, delicate, beautiful, expressive, otherworldly. I eagerly read from one story to the next."-Aimee Bender