This collection is hit and miss, but to me, every bit of Jackson available is worth reading. Even her lesser stories are better than most people's best work.
I find it interesting that so many people are amazed that a housewife was this talented. Hey world, housewives are.... HUMANS. They still have thoughts, feelings, and gifts just like unmarried or working women. It's not like brains and dreams are traded in for the job of caring for a family. So let's stop being shocked that a *mere homemaker* was one of the most brilliant American writers of the 20th century.