"Vivid language and intense characters enliven this honest portrait of domestic vulnerability."
- Entertainment Weekly (2/27/04)
"Teenagers being mortified by their parents is practically a rite of passage. In Cook's cleareyed first novel, Malcolm and Esme VanderZee are subjected to the irritable scrutiny of not one but two teenage children, to gently comic effect... Cook crisply conveys the adolescents' raw, awkward love lives--especially Suzen's crush on a vivacious older woman...The novel's ultimate power rests with Suzen's coming-of-age, which is as quiet but as decisive as a door swinging open."
- New York Times Book Review