I’m quite willing to admit that I don’t (yet) get Flannery. Some of the stories in this collection were great (e.g., The River). Most of the others I’m quite sure I didn’t get. The stories seemed full of sordid characters and even some pretty grizzly situations. Don’t get me wrong, I’m cool with that kind of stuff, but somehow I guess that the stories just didn’t get traction with me. Hopefully, as I gain some facility with her, Flannery will become a known, understood, and appreciated author. Until then, I give this collection of short stories but three stars.