Stern's book is surreal, and her style ranges from breathtakingly numinous to bizarrely horrifying. Her writing is nearly flawless, playing with a diversity of images, emotions, characters and situations in a poetic prose that neither spares the words it needs nor undertakes any it does not. The book is only 123 pages long, but it exhausted me: each vignette required digestion as I struggled against, or basked in, its conclusions.
Definitely a very, very interesting read, and worth reading again, which is something I think very few books are. I ended up comparing "Town of Shadows" to Thus Spoke Zarathustra, because, like, it's a pretty crazy deep book with a lot of possible interpretations.
Anyway, read the book, read the review, glory in Stern's haunting images. You will not be disappointed.