PositivePloughsharesA revealing portrait of finding your way professionally and personally into adulthood.
Kerri Ní Dochartaigh
MixedThe Chicago Review of BooksNí Dochartaigh set out to weave together a personal narrative in combination with historical facts and descriptions of the natural world, but at times the chapters failed to mold together in a sequential order. The book skirted on a thin place of understanding ní Dochartaigh’s past and trying to grasp Ireland’s traumatic history, shifting from personal anecdotes to extended sentences on the powers of nature.
PositiveCleveland Review of Books... this female protagonist is profoundly unlikable. Amelia narrates her life with a caustic tone, perhaps in response to the grim reality of her experiences ... Baxter stands apart from [other] authors for introducing the reader to BDSM and kink with a deeper understanding of agency and consent. She allows her main character to explore the world of domination and submission as a means of actively distracting herself from her mother’s funeral and her own grief. While Baxter pushes Amelia to the edge, she doesn’t fall into the trope of portraying those interested in kink as victims seeking resolution for past abuse ... Baxter takes on a refreshingly real and acerbic tone in her portrayal of Amelia, exploring the inner psyche of a young woman attempting to piece together her existence in the modern world.