Damned tearjerker. To paraphrase Bobby's mom "life is unfair". And boy, do I have mixed feelings about her character. Most of my screaming-at-the-page moments came thanks to her. Anyway, the first story ripped my heart out, and I loved it.
The second was a mix. Kinda' like the characters, their age and the era. Jumbled and confused, almost angels and petty devils. Liked it. Not as much as the first.
The third was the puzzler. Interesting bridge, but wtf. Also, he has a good life, life isn't fair. Maybe.
The fourth took time to hit it's stride, but really got to me on the last two to five pages. Had my waterworks well primed and going. Ready for the last story.
The fifth was the coda. Full circle. And maybe life is unfair, but sometimes is kinder than we expect.