The author, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Thai American and raised in Bangkok, was 26 when he wrote this great collection of short stories.
Short stories are not my first choice of reads but when I do force myself and I find a master short story writer then I can rave about it and wonder why I do not read this genre more often. It really takes a craftsman to create believable characters and tell a multi-layered story in just a few pages. Lapcharoensap is among the best of these craftsmen. The knowledge of human feelings, all genders and ages, that this young man has shown is just amazing. He delves into the complexities of relationships with a wisdom one does not expect from such a young person.
Just a confession: I did not read the last story / novella. I can deal with human suffering but not animal suffering so I skipped that and the decision was made purely on account of the title.