In this long awaited but nonetheless startling collection, Emshwiller uses tongue-in-cheek realism to explore the psychological make-up of contemporary women. Not afraid to stick their necks out, these stories force us to look at the ordinary domestic world and see it as truly skewed, odd, metaphorical, allegorical, satirical and fantastic.
“Carol Emshwiller’s imagination is fierce and funny, never mean. She creates people, situations, and combinations of words that make me read her sentences and paragraphs again and again for the sheer pleasure of reading.” —Grace Paley
“Carol Emshwiller must be read, watched for, nurtured as an original and exciting new talent.” —Doris Grumback, Ms. Magazine
“Carol Emshwiller’s stories are always a surprise and a delight. She has a wonderfully brash, funny, and original talent.” —Hilma Wolitzer
“In her stories, Carol Emshwiller pushes every definition to the point where we would expect it to dissolve into its antonym—but it doesn’t. It survives—even improves.” —Anatole Broyard, The New York Times