Heyman is a New York psychiatrist who published this collection of her stories when she was 74. Not surprisingly given her profession, Heyman is a student of the human spirit, and her stories are most notable for the depth of the characters she develops. Her people are sexual even in the face of illness and with the specter of death in the wings. If you have ever had the good fortune to live in New York City, these characters will come to you like people you almost met. This story collection was well received (for example, Terry Gross interviewed the writer on NPR), and has helped to bring erotic writing by older women into public consciousness.