flat-out perfectly drawn characters in Stories from the
Afterlife will stick to me in much the
same manner as Richard Ford’s and Raymond
Carver’s. Please, please buy this collection if, indeed,
you’ve ever contemplated ditching your job to work as a stripper;
felt guilty for impregnating the nursemaid; wondered how you’d
react in a beer cooler with a pistol in your face; or contemplated
holy men in a hardware aisle. Want to know what can happen from
a one-night stand? You’ll get this answer, plus. These
stories are lyrical, complete, stunning, and
— George Singleton, author of Work Shirts for Madmen
Stories from the Afterlife showcases Dalton’s great skills
as a writer as well as her acute understanding of human nature. The
intricate patterns she weaves around her characters are rich in
detail and history and compassion. Their lives—these
stories—are filled with loss and longing and yet they are
also triumphant as they shine light on those small victories that
allow people to survive. Stories from the Afterlife is
a moving and compelling collection.
— Jill McCorkle, author of Creatures of Habit and
Stories from the Afterlife is a raw, brave collection,
punctuated with surprising moments of tenderness
and hope. Dalton writes with the eye of an artist and the precision of a poet.
— Valerie Ann Leff, author of Better Homes and Husbands
Quinn Dalton burrows so deeply into the hearts and psyches
of her characters that, while reading her work, one has the
unshakable feeling that she has rifled through our own secret thoughts,
revealing our very own fears and desires. Stories
from the Afterlife is jam-packed with
Dalton's brilliance and proves, once again, that she deserves recognition as a master in
the realm of contemporary American letters.
— Julianna Baggott, author of Girl Talk and
debut: Amazon’s Top 100 in Fiction & Literature
"Quinn Dalton is that rare being, a writer who combines fierce passion and keen intelligence. Both are amply present in the far-ranging stories of this splendid collection."
Margot Livesey, author of Banishing Verona
"Bulletproof Girl is a smart, subtle, delightful book. Dalton has written a marvelous first collection about what happens when, inevitably, the world's slings and arrows pierce that false and flimsy vest."
Michael Griffith, author of Bibliophilia
"With prose as precise and elegant as calculus, Quinn Dalton's Bulletproof Girl portrays tough, tender women struggling through the puzzles of modern life. Her vision is unflinching and always surprising. These stories gleam."
Karl Iagnemma, author of On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction
"Brilliant, wild, scathing, hilarious these deeply psychological stories of our contemporary world are essential reading. Dalton is one of the most enthralling short story writers of her generation."
Julianna Baggott, author of Girl Talk, The Miss America Family and The Madam
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"A quietly moving debut novel."
"Dalton's prose [is like] a Lucinda Williams song: full of sass, sexual tension, and dive-bar cool."
The News & Record (Greensboro, NC)
"Dalton is an evocative writer...genuinely funny. She has a knack for pulling off the delightfully unexpected detail, and she keeps her story moving forward at an easy, pleasing pace. Expect more good work from Dalton."
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"The main character in High Strung is incredibly likeable. Worried that she's like her mother, the underfed, sexually exhausted, pornographically overwhelmed London-dwelling adult-novel editor moves to Ohio, which she discovers is not boring but crazy in a whole new way."
The Kansas City Pitch Weekly
"A biting and witty story."
Akron Beacon Journal
"High Strung deals a dish best served with charm...it tickles the throat on the way down."
"Quinn Dalton writes whip-smart prose that will charm you while she picks your pocket and steals your soul. I'm convinced her sentences are made of Kevlar, and her characters - wily, wry, dangerous - are so true they're bulletproof."
Julianna Baggott, author of Girl Talk and The Miss America Family
"Finally, a novel for the nicotine-addled lip-biter in every woman. Relax, read, and let Dalton do your worrying for you."
--Erika Krouse, author of Come Up and See Me Sometime
"Dalton's characters captured me with their quirky audacity. In their fierce drive to connect, difficult truths result. Her characters love each other imperfectly-the best way they know how. High Strung is infused with the absurdities of contemporary culture, and the fallout of political adventuring in a divided country; the combination makes Dalton's novel a timely and important debut."
--Elizabeth Oness, author of Articles of Faith, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award
"Quinn Dalton exposes the hole in the emotional landscape of new-century America and fills it with sharp, discerning prose. Loss is the mortar sealing past to present in her protagonists personal history; hope resides in the beauty of the writing. Dalton is a writer to look out for."
--Nancy Zafris, fiction editor of The Kenyon Review and author of The Metal Shredders
"High Strung is a family drama with kinky edges, and Quinn Dalton's deft handling of the bombastic, outrageous and poignant is a remarkable achievement. Readers everywhere will cheer Merle Winslow as she learns no matter where we go, we can't escape where we came from."
--Lynn Pruett, author of Ruby River