An astonishing set of tales by a writer who is skilled in the art of telling short stories. She has this ability to create a scene with a few deft strokes, wherever it is set - Mali, Ghana, the Dolomites, Corsica or London. Her characters have music, love of travel and sex in common. Each story has a separate character as a focal point, and every sentence is constructed with care, creating beauty. This collection is one you really should read.