"Bender is the master of quiet hysteria....She builds pressure sentence by sentence.....the crippling power of empathy"
—Los Angeles Times
"Odd and oddly beautiful....moving."
—The Washington Post
"Haunting....Bender's prose delivers electric shocks....rendering the world in fresh, unexpected jolts. Moving, fanciful and gorgeously strange."
"Charming and wistful....[Bender] harness[es] her exquisite, bizarre sensitivity, in this haunting examination."