I haven't been able to get either daughter interested in The Twilight Zone, not as TV, nor as collections of really marvelous short stories. The episode or two I've made them watch is interesting as text, but way too melodramatic as drama. I mention that because this is a collection of short fiction that comes from a twilight zone. Things are not as we would normally expect, although they are interconnected. The mood, as in the Jackson Brodie books, is melancholy with occasional bright spots. I don't know why Atkinson is considered a literary writer rather than a genre writer, but the distinction means she gets jackets that look serious and arty, not at all embarrassing to be seen with. If awards matter to you, Atkinson is your gal, she's won many from the beginning. But the main thing is that the stories are so much fun to read.