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This is a lovely collection of stories about a variety of ordinary and fascinating women. Ward is not attempting to reinvent the short story genre, as the tales tend to have pretty straightforward structures, but she does a phenomenal job crafting authentic and witty dialogue to flesh out her complex but approachable characters. I have read Ward's three novels, and while I loved How To Be Lost, I was less impressed with Sleep Toward Heaven, and I really disliked Forgive Me, so I felt like I was gambling a little when I bought this collection. It paid off - the quality here is much more in line with her best novel than any of her other work.
I recommend this mostly for women - most of the stories have some reference to pregnancy or motherhood or menstruation or other concerns that generally don't interest men as much - but (from my own experience) I can say that a guy who wouldn't otherwise be drawn to the subject matter will still love the stories because of the power of the author.
And on a note that will probably not concern anyone else, Ward writes a story about the absurdity of The Woodlands (my hometown), and she nails it perfectly, even using actual street names and restaurants. For me, that story alone was worth the price of the whole book.