"...hauntingly beautiful, the work of a gifted storyteller with a sharp eye but a tender heart."
LA Times Book Review
"In his new collection, Rifkin writes with such startling originality and authority that you have to believe he'll be the next darling of the literary world."
Time Out, NY
"Stories and a novella suggest that Rifkin is what might have happened had Nathanael West lived on and been even more talented.... Exquisite."
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"As incisive, eloquent and definitive a collection of L.A. stories as any since David Freeman's A Hollywood Education nearly twenty years ago, but from the other side of the psychic tracks, where desperation runs parallel with wisdom."
"Alan Rifkin's stories have a magnificent plaintive beauty. Not since Flannery O'Connor have so many misfits prevailed."
Martha Sherrill, author of My Last Movie Star: A Novel of Hollywood
"A spot on, weirdly life-affirming and terrifically written batch of stories. I could read this guy all day."
Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight and Perv-A Love Story
"Alan Rifkin's collection of deeply felt short stories carefully balances love and loss, faith and emptiness with both wit and wonder. His people are tragic, funny, quixotic, and always on the brink of redemption. A terrific collection."
Jill Ciment, author of Half a Life and Teeth of the Dog