"...a strong, salty, original talent. Is the word I am looking for balanced? Alther does fuse qualities, being robustly despairing, tenaciously critical, yet vigorously creative, grim but comical -- she had me laughing at four in the morning. No man could have written it (KINFLICKS), but it is very far from being 'a woman's book', and it made me wonder what TOM JONES would be like, written now. It is the size and scope of the territory Alther claims which is impressive."
"Alther dazzles with her range from the human and tragic to the erotic and comic.... She is the kind of writer you want to hear from again."