These are stories told with a female gaze, showing women striving to be artists, employers, employees, daughters, mothers, sisters, friends, partners, wives and girlfriends. Characters are captured in recognisable moment of real life and in occasional flights of fancy. At the centre of each story is a woman engaged in an act of self-preservation. Women in these stories are exhilarated to discover the joy and surprise of other women’s company. Their stories are witty, colourful tales of struggle and success, of yearning and learning.