PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewBrett’s novel is a rare page turner that avoids the obvious traps ... These girls are their decade personified, multifaceted and difficult, but then so is Garrett, with his troubled past, his acid-fueled musings, his ambient lust— all woven together effortlessly, without excessive mysticism or nostalgia. In fact we’re so immersed in his adventure that we go long stretches without encountering a single Daphne. In these gaps I found myself taking stock of that era in American history ... I could have done without many of the metaphors for the Schrödinger girls ... The prose at times struck me as whimsical...if not logically faulty ... But perhaps any more rigor would ruin the story’s essence ... why not let Garrett indulge a little? His pursuit is maddening, because it should be.
Yukiko Motoya, trans. by Asa Yoneda
RaveThe New York Times Book Review\"In Yukiko Motoya’s delightful new story collection, the familiar becomes unfamiliar ... At face value, the stories are fun and funny to read, but weightier questions lurk below the surface ... The writing itself is to be admired ... Certainly the style will remind readers of the Japanese authors Banana Yoshimoto and Sayaka Murata, but the stories themselves — and the logic, or lack thereof, within their sentences — are reminiscent, at least to this reader, of Joy Williams and Rivka Galchen and George Saunders.\