Kim employs a wry, detached style throughout this collection. There’s much dark humour, which spills into absurd comedy in his final tale “The Writer”, an erotic fable set in the publishing business. At times it all seems a bit too coldly ironic, but there are flashes of emotion behind the deadpan wit. In “Missing Child” a boy recovering from a kidnapping is unable to break the maternal attachment he has for his female abductor. Emotional displacement is the heart of the matter and Kim reminds us of the peril, in our personal lives as well as in society at large, of forgetting our history.