This book is perfect for some people, but terrible for others! Its a set of short stories dealing with love, not always love of a person, sometimes love of a creature, a tree, and inanimate object, a situation. Even love of nothing in particular, sometimes its not clear what its about, but there's something in each story waiting to be found. Its a very easy to read book, you can turn the pages quickly and you certainly don't have to concentrate too hard to get into it, that probably makes it perfect for train journeys and the like.
The stories are very different and very personal, almost seeming like small snapshots of peoples lives, like looking through a photo album with pictures of different families inside, they talk about the way people live their lives and the relationships they have with each other, be that love or dependency. In fact the stories don't all have a point to them at all, they don't start and finish like a novel, but that adds to the enjoyment, like you are skipping into and out of each of the worlds that Smith creates.
Most of the stories have a little twist, certainly a little humour and each certainly brings some degree of a connection, a reality, you could imagine the people walking past you everyday could be the people in the book.
Pointless, yet real, enjoyable and fun. I liked them and im thinking of buying something else by Smith.