15 short stories, ranging from the Italian Renaissance and czarist Russia to a double amputee singing on the streets of New York. The much-anthologized title story has been called the most erotic ever told.
"Breathtaking... compulsively readable. " - Library Journal
"Profundity, wit and lore scholarly and exotic jostle one other so provocatively that excitement informs every page... these are tales that beg to be read." - Publishers Weekly