The first story ('The Womaniser') in this collection of three fairly long stories was originally published in 'Granta' back in 1992 - and it made a great impression on me when I read it there. It does not seem the 'normal' sort of thing Richard Ford writes; it has a more 'European' feel about it (the story is set in France - so that might be part of it). I later bought this book, and still enjoyed the first story when I read it again. The other two stories are a amixture. I liked the last one which is similar to the first in feel: a man wandering, for the most part, around a foreign city, with a great sense of loneliness (I love books about that). The middle story is different and I could not get on with. But I still give this book five stars because I think the first and last stories are so good.