Rebecca Curtis grew up in Gilford, New Hampshire and this collection of stories includes many that are set in the Granite State. The author describes -- in the about the author section at the back of the book -- how she wrote these stories:
"... when I wrote the stories in this book, each began with the desire to describe a place in New Hampshire that I knew, even if it was an ugly place. The setting for 'The Alpine Slide' is based on a local water park where I worked as a slide attendant, as did a bunch of other teenagers. That was the best job I ever had, working in the valley among the mountains, riding the slide; in writing the story, all I wanted to do was describe the park."
Also included in the back of the book is a compilation of some of the truly great highlights of New Hampshire, many of which are mentioned in the stories.