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'“An engrossing and compassionate collection showing motherhood in its most unrelenting form.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “I was both moved and impressed by this novel, and the intelligence and sympathy with which the author presents her afflicted characters.” —Alison Lurie, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Foreign Affairs and The Language of Houses “Maxine Rosaler’s ‘novel in stories’ resembles Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, except rather than surviving an absurd and unjust war, the burden here is one of mothering an autistic child. Like O’Brien, Rosaler explores the mettle and morality of Mimi Slavitt on the ‘battlefield of her existence.’” —DeWitt Henry, founding editor of Ploughshares, author of Sweet Marjoram: Notes and Essays “Maxine Rosaler’s stories are both hard-edged and comic, both laced with despair and hopeful against all expectation. New York City is the setting, a struggle to prosper in the face of bad choices and deeply ingrained perversity is the theme. Constant, however, is a narrative voice that proves irresistible, and a craftsman’s approach to the construction of these contemporary parables.” —C. Michael Curtis, fiction editor, The Atlantic '