There's something particularly compelling about the stories of real people, and this book provides a feast of them. Riordon has a gift for distilling a mini-biography down to a few vivid pages, quoting from his interviews. There are both serene and bitter stories here, people who are happily in love and also those who are lonely, and many tales of suffering and great courage. Just as fascinating as the experience of finding a place among mostly straight society, are the many and creative ways that the people profiled make their living in rural areas, sometimes in small towns, sometimes far away from other humans. This was written in 1996, before Canada legalized same-sex marriage, and not long after its courts struck down discriminatory laws. I'm dying to know how these amazing people fared in the 15 years since.