"Christine Schutt takes us into the darkest reaches of a woman’s experience and offers us a vision of tenderness and rage. Here are lovers, mothers with their children, sisters, friends and kin in all their gorgeous, transgressive intertwinings — and, through an alchemy of language and feeling, here, too, is improbable grace."
"Here is irresistible, jewelled prose, carried bravely up, word by precise word, phrase by exhilarating phrase, from a psychic underworld which tells us we are, all of us, rife with the powers of beauty and terror and tenderest regard."
– Melissa Pritchard
"Unsettling insights and beautifully stylized prose propel Schutt’s impressive first book. The writing is spare anti the stories brief, creating an effect akin to prose poetry."
– Publishers Weekly
"Powerful … Razor-sharp writing in stories sliced admittedly close to the bone."