picked this title up at the mention of a friend, and truth be told, didn't have very high expectations. because usually when people set me up like this, they are basically saying "she's got a great personality." but it soon became clear (page one?) that i was dealing with a very rare and very original talent in caleb ross. his characters are real, his descriptions vivid, his questions insightful, and most important, his storytelling is masterful, hilarious, and poignant. this is one blind date i'll never forget. hugely impressed by this effort. buy it yesterday.