Really wanted to love this book, because I have grown to appreciate every part of nature and each move mankind makes to eliminate, devour, use up our natural resources is painful. So I hoped this would help remove some sadness about deforestation. The first eight stories were terrific, but then.... couldn’t keep the characters straight and they became more and more superficial. I could no longer relate to them. I forced myself to continue, but abandoned it after 350 pages. Very disappointed.