Shelf Awareness Review
July 30, 2019 “With wit and insight, this story collection marks the debut of a major literary talent.” Read full review here.
July 25, 2019 “Maizes' admirable achievement in these charmingly offbeat stories is to balance fascination with sympathy and gravitas with humor." Read full review here.
July-August 2019 “These tales are quiet, deriving their power from a sense of faltering calm. Maizes creates complex, sometimes unlikable characters that always resonate.” Read full review here.
The Millions Interview
July 23, 2019 “Though I’ve always wanted to be a writer, I went for years without writing. I was an editor, then a lawyer, and the writing got lost.” Read full interview here.
July 23, 2019 “The title makes people smile and intrigues them, reactions I welcome and hoped for. When you put a book into the world, it becomes a collaboration between you and the audience.” Read full interview here.
Boulder Weekly Profile
July 11, 2019 “Local Author R.L. Maizes Mines the Human Condition in Her Charming Debut of Short Stories”
Fiction Writers Rev. Interview
June 20, 2019 ”The best writing is transformative…Writing succeeds, too, when it acts as a mirror, reflecting our humanity back to us.” Full interview here.
Starred Kirkus Review
"Each succinct fictional nugget rolls inexorably along its own quirky trajectory, arrives at its own unexpected destination, and never overstays its welcome ... this is a book about the heart. Breaking news: Maizes' gently witty and vaguely weird collection is well worth reading." Full review here.
Publishers Weekly Review
“Maizes’s direct manner of storytelling and her imperfect yet unmistakably human characters are sure to win over readers.” Full review here.
June 1, 2019 “Through her fantastic characters, all outsiders in some way, Maizes masterfully intertwines harsh realities with humor and a deep understanding of human nature.” Full review here.
Book Trib Interview
June 12, 2019 ”Stories are everywhere. A news report might trigger an idea for a story. Something that happened to an acquaintance might be the genesis of a story. I might observe something odd in my neighborhood. But the finished stories are always greatly changed from what initially sparked them.” Full interview here.
“For Today’s Woman: Make the Most of Daylight Saving Time or Die Trying,” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, March 8, 2019.
“Eat Your Feelings at These New Restaurants for Writers,” Electric Literature, Feb. 1, 2019.
“Wedding Venues That Are Cheap for a Reason,” New York Times, Jan. 11, 2019.
“How To Write Your Debut Book’s Acknowledgments Section: Start With ‘Aren’t We All Essentially Alone?'” Electric Literature, Dec. 28, 2018.