REVIEWED BY VICK BOUGHTON
After the first few stories in this superb collection, you may be tempted to polish off the book in one sitting. Don't. Read each piece slowly to savor this Irish writer's wry insights. In one poignant story a young woman copes with her newly widowed mother's grief; in another, an opera-house custodian learns what to do when granted three wishes—and, more important, what not to do. Enright, whose novel The Gathering won last year's Man Booker Prize, gives her characters emotional and psychological heft. Every last one is memorable.