An interesting collection, if only because the stories are about places Americans don't read about much. Colombia, Sierra Leone, Myanmar, etc. The one story that takes place in the U.S. was the weakest one, for me.
"Fantasy for Eleven Fingers" (an Austrian piano prodigy with an extra finger), "Near-Extinct Birds of the Central Cordillera" (an ornithologist kidnapped by Colombian rebels), and "Asian Tiger" (an American golf pro in Myanmar) are probably my favorites.
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