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Reviews of The Dogeater

“Intelligence should never be considered a virtue unless it links with the soul. Cerebral writers are a dime a dozen, soulful writers a penny for the same number. Few have the sensibilities of balance of Jesse Lee Kercheval, whose work illuminates those recurring moments in our lives when gain becomes loss, when loss becomes the nutrient of replenishment. The Dogeater is a smart book, and yet not so serious that it has forsaken its soul.”
Bob Shacochis

“Simple and elegant in their language, exhilarating in their originality, these stories are told by a sure, mature voice. Their images connect, recur, and resonate. Kercheval . . . will be a writer to watch for, from now and into the next century.”
Janet Burroway