This wonderful collection of short stories is full of astonishing, intricate, and compelling portraits of women and the animals, men, and family history that round out their worlds. I found it very affecting and some of these women will be with me for a long time. Bergman is a fantastic writer, very concise, precise, and yet her words are delightful, painful, emotionally evocative and make each of her stories strong and beautiful. These are real women trying to find their balance – with the world, with nature, with their families, their husbands, mothers, fathers, and with themselves. Highly recommended read.