I was thinking about giving this book 3 stars and then settled on 3.5 and finally bumped it up to four. Eisenberg is a talented author, has a unique voice, and a style of writing short stories. There is enough range in these stories that most people will find a couple that appeal to them. While I missed some of things Eisenberg skips or uses sparingly over like gestures and character descriptions, there are more than enough things she does well to make up for that. "Twilight of Superheroes" and "Flaw in the Design" were my two favorite stories. I admired the author's willingness to engage politics in a way that isn't heavy handed or too subtle. As somebody who tries to write fiction, I can't tell you how difficult that actually is to pull off. For that reason alone, Eisenberg deserves her reputation and I think this collection earns four stars.