Went around the house collecting brief and odd or somewhat strange stories to review and shelve here and was pleased to rediscover this forgotten gem.
As noted: "The characters in these eight masterfully crafted stories are from life's extremes -- a female necrophile, a lonely exhibitionist, a two-headed man, Siamese twins, a young girl with a severely enlarged head, a transsexual -- but with her certain hand Barbara Gowdy transforms the extraordinary into the familiar."
Empathy, humor, humanism and irony make this a charming and literary collection, even at its creepiest. And it's conversational, by which I mean engaging and easy to read. Highly recommended for beach or other vacation reading. The overall and unusual mix easily makes five stars.