I read this because I'd loved Stones From the River. Hegi's writing still shines in this book, but I didn't care as much for the vignette form. It does take place in the same town as SFTR and Trudi makes a cameo appearance, but I didn't like her so well in these stories. She's kind of bossy and ill-tempered. Hegi wrote these stories first and I preferred her expanded and more humanized version of Trudi in SFTR.