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The Washington PostElizabeth Hand's stories in Errantry are strange, yes…but they are also classically engaging, tales you could read aloud around a fire late at night to induce trembles and sighs. What Hand often explores is a happening: In almost every story the main character, usually unsettled or devastated by some kind of loss, finds him or herself in a situation where the world doesn't behave as it usually does. There is an infiltration, a witnessing or an encounter. Yet these events—special as they are—don't feel outrageous; one of the strengths here is that none of the oddness comes across as shocking or out of place. It seems to grow naturally and allow for either wonder or horror, or some combination of the two.