(Small Beer Press 1-931520-13-5, $24, 232pp, hardcover, July 2005)
Collection of 13 stories, including "The Lincoln Train" (Hugo and Locus winner), "Nekropolis" (Nebula and Sturgeon finalist), "The Cost to Be Wise" (Hugo and Nebula finalist), "Presence" (Hugo finalist), and "Ancestor Money" (World Fantasy Award finalist). One story, 2-page "Wicked", is original to this book.
• The publisher has this description with the table of contents and links to online versions of several of the stories. Also available is a $100 limited edition that includes five poems.
• Amazon has reviews from PW and Booklist, the latter concluding "McHugh's stories are hauntingly beautiful, driven by the difficult circumstances of their characters' lives--slices of life well worth reading and rereading."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book in the June issue of Locus Magazine: "McHugh's eclecticism and experimentation may help explain why her SF career has never entirely come into focus, but the passion and precision of the best of these tales make it more than a worthwhile trade-off; who'd want to lose 'The Lincoln Train' or 'Ancestor Money' for the sake of a career vector?"