Praise

“Her dialogue is sharp and accurate, drawing the reader close to the conflicts that produce full-bodied characters deserving of the rich emotional impact they evoke…the writer’s strengths—honesty, compassion and the ability to present such memorable scenes…”
—Jill McCorkle, The New York Times Book Review

“A valuable philosophical or political acquisition as well as a literary one…No Marble Angelsquestions the efficacy of any individual good deeds in a world already impossibly mired in corruption, ignorance, evil and hatred, and yet insists that for our own personal salvation these good deeds must be at least attempted…should be sought out and read.”
—Carolyn See, The Los Angeles Times

“The curious and I think, fine thing about [No Marble Angels] is that it reminds me of both I.B. Singer and Flannery O’Connor. I found no favorites here simply because I liked them all; each has its own world….a fine collection here, a cool view of the universe we inhabit….Compelling, I would say, because I didn’t want to get back to other things until I’d finished the book.”
—John A. Williams, The Man Who Cried I Am

“…the stories are linked with a single thread of compassionate understanding, and irreducible and unforgettable concern for blocked desire and often thwarted destiny.”
—R.V. Cassill, Dr. Cobb’s Game, Ed. Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction

“Readers casually picking up Joanne Leedom-Ackerman’s No Marble Angels might think they have stumbled into Anne Tyler’s world…Shannon and other characters are clearly drawn, the dialogue rings true, the images are sharp….small gems of clean, direct narrative…”
—The Baltimore Sun

“The author uncovers the vitality that imparts a glow to the most humdrum of lives…written with honesty and care and some, indeed, with passion.”
—Publishers Weekly

“With wonderfully wry humor, Leedom-Ackerman depicts the kind of good will that ends up causing trouble for others….a refined sense of craft is evident in all the stories.”
—Library Journal

“These nine stories by Joanne Leedom-Ackerman (a former reporter for this newspaper) summon up the world of fact, but proceed to explore that world in the manner we have come to expect of serious good fiction.”
—The Christian Science Monitor

“An especially well deserved commendation to Joanne Leedom-Ackerman for superlative writing. A significant contribution for the library bookshelf that will stand the test of time.”
—The Midwest Book Review

“Joanne Leedom-Ackerman has all the qualifications to become an important American writer: intelligence, imagination, sensitivity, courage, honesty, love for people, and dedication to her craft….No Marble Angels should win her the recognition and encouragement she deserves.”
—The Los Angeles Reader