Thirty-one brief, clever tales from the author of The Mothering Coven employ traits from the animal kingdom to underscore absurdities in the human species. ‘Lemmings,’ for example, features a desultory dialogue between two lovers who debate the better ‘iconic’ location to jump from—the Space Needle or the Empire State Building. . . . Satisfyingly developed, such as the nuttily obtuse ‘Flying Monkeys,’ featuring a rarely intersecting conversation between two women onboard an airplane that reveals how the women—former best friends who happen to sit next to each other—can’t stand each other. . . . Ruocco’s understated humor and irony have a playful, experimental appeal.