I liked this collection (a lot) and I recommend it, but don't expect diamonds.
What's inside the tin? A lovely variety of stories. First-person and third, characters young and old, placed in venues from Afghanistan to academia. Each tale is offered with a unique perspective and a refreshing clarity of voice. Every tale feels real and personal, despite the range of experiences and cultures presented. Some stories have twists, some don't, some meander along, some cut straight to the point, and all of them leave a vivid impression.
Why not five stars? The depth and breadth of the collection is ambitious, but the results sometimes fall short in execution. A short story about rape told from first-person that breezily glosses over the act itself? IT seemed...off, somehow. An entertaining slice-of-life story about a military mission got bogged down in jargon and repetition a few hundred words before it was done, although the wrap-up was excellent. Secondary characters tended towards sketchiness, and several stories contained vocabulary that that shook me out of immersion in the narrative flow; for example, the US has only lawyers, not solicitors. That story was explicitly set in the US, so...it jarred.
All that said, I would bump things up another half-star if the assorted odd italicizations, minimal grammar errors and the pesky vocabulary quirks got a polishing edit.
(review of free book)