eading Maryse Meijer's short fiction is transformative. Stunning and evocative, Rag's 14 stories dazzle with brilliance while taking the reader's heart and wringing it dry--but not before delivering a solid literary punch ... Meijer is wildly innovative with her fiction and doesn't limit herself to exploring connection from solely a human point of view ... Deliciously manipulative and psychologically haunting, Rag signifies Maryse Meijer as a master of the short form who consistently shocks and connects by delivering the unexpected.
[Meijer] has a gift for writing sharp, vivid stories that are strange and horrifying in the most delightful way ... fans of Meijer won’t be disappointed by Rag, which is even better — and darker — than her debut collection.
With terse, dark prose, Meijer has created a cohesive set of stories which seem to delight in exploring taboos and destroying expectations ... These stories are unsettlingly honest, with the most twisted inner thoughts of each principal character laid bare for the reader. Rag is at its strongest when delving into the minds of its uniformly flawed narrators ... The haunting, beautifully horrific stories in Rag linger long after finishing the collection, and subtly answer almost as many questions as they raise about what it means to interact with and be a man in the modern world.