Love stories unlike the usual romantic, lovey-dovey sort....A realistic view of love that includes the messy and often ugly side of relationships. Love can strike at any instant in our lives -- it can come in many different shapes and sizes. The stories in Petrushevskaya's collection examine a world of eagerness, frustration, indifference, disillusionment, and above all, love. A favorite quote: "Love likes secrecy and playfulness; it flees too much devotion and heavy emotional debt" ("Eros's Way"). This collection is for those who understand the idiosyncrasies of love -- the knowledge that most love is not all roses and chocolates, but tolerance, oversight, and in the end, companionship to stave off the loneliness of humanity.