A mix of humor and poignant drama, this collection of short stories touches on myriad facets of human achievement and folly. Childhood innocence, benign mischief, prudent trepidation, uncommon heroism, complex family dynamics, and the art of making crucial decisions are all portrayed with wit and candor. Real and fictional characters come together to shed new light on events of historical significance. Racism, homophobia, and dubious morality are exposed in ways heretofore unexplored; warmth and deception in personal relationships are recurring themes. Surprise endings are common.