This collection of fiction contains seven short stories and a stage play. Its common thread is our need to taste life for what it is, though that need may be markedly different from one person to the next. The spice of life sometimes involves the forbidden, the bizarre, the dangerous. From our very beginnings, love and sex have been spiced with drugs and alcohol to enhance our sensations. We yearn for redemption, but often get trapped in a maze. This powerful book offers a close look into the lives of those who are strange yet familiar, but are definitely Tasting Life for What It Is.