This buzzing collection brings together seven stories that showcase [Bissell's] gift for energetic storytelling, each tale imbued with humor and relevant cultural references ... Bissell’s affinity for fast pacing and quick wit will reward readers looking for an antidote to the doldrums of life under quarantine.
... droll, thoughtful ... Each story demonstrates Bissell’s talent for smooth, sparkling prose, arresting descriptions and vivid characterization. Desperate, downtrodden, and self-absorbed, the protagonists are thoroughly human, and Bissell consistently transforms the reader’s voyeuristic pleasure into unexpected sympathy.
Bissell is a deeply precise writer, and his sense of the emotional disorientation his characters face is literally gut-level ... Bissell’s background in detail-oriented journalism comes in handy both in terms of language and form ... The stories’ endings sometimes lack the crispness of their setups, but Bissell is trading in anxiety, not resolution ... A witty, wide-ranging exploration of complex emotions.