Lucia Berlin's writing is raw, powerful, and very personal. This collection of stories follows her life from challenges she faced in her youth, to alcoholism and bouts of depression, and then coping with old age and reflecting back on her life. Would she have done anything different? She addresses this in the last story in the collection.
Parts of it got a little too depressing for my preference, but that's reality. I can't knock this collection for that. It's easy to get wrapped up in several of the stories, identify with how tough life can be, and really appreciate the characters she writes about.