This is an appealing little story, mostly because it's told a little off balance. You have to hang on and use lots of riding (reading) skill to stay on.
Selkie Stories are for Losers starts out with why our protagonist hates selkie stories. You can figure pretty quickly that it has to do with being abandoned by one. From there we get a nice bit of biography told in that off-balance way. It's fun, you can see why it got both a Hugo and Nebula nomination. I give it three stars for execution.