The God Pocket as a collection grapples with issues of light and dark, mortality, and epiphany. In “The Fool-Killer,” a teenager encounters adolescent heartbreak for the first time, while in “The Girl,” a troubling moment of intimacy catalyzes a man’s haunting obsession. “The Big Bang” shows passionate romance becoming something quite different. In “Turbulence,” a Silicon Valley millionaire faces an unlikely problem in his troubled love life; and in “The God Pocket,” grace confronts death in the most unlikely of circumstances. In all, these stories provide a rich sample of one of America’s foremost short story writers.