Reviews -- A Music Behind the Wall, Volume One

"The stories demonstrate an attractive, humane voice and a magical ability to make meaning and myth of daily existence.... They make up a weird and atmospheric collection that is impossible either to summarize or to put down."
-- Booklist
"Like the best supernatural writers, Ortese understands that what distinguishes the genre is the fear that our nervous forebodings are not reducible to inner trauma and turmoil. To conceive of the ghost story purely as a battle with psychological demons, however terrifying they may be, is to denature it. Ortese takes her spirits very seriously, so much so that the haunted narrator in "The House in the Woods" can't tell whether she's dreaming or awake -- she eats a page of Kant out of sheer bewilderment... The horror, and beauty, of Ortese's writing hinges on the issue of externality: the fear of something out there that is not oneself, something wholly independent of one's wishes and feelings."
-- Bill Marx, Boston Phoenix
"Recommended for academic collections and for readers of serious, unconventional fiction."
-- Library Journal
"These 10 stories are collected from her works...timeless tales of mood, emotion and nuance. They will appeal to any who enjoy the short story form."
-- The Reader's Review
"One senses in these gossamer tales that the spiritual world envelops [Anna Maria Ortese] and pervades her being.... Each one of these stories is meant to be savored. Read one, then set the book aside and allow your mind to wander and wonder. You will no longer be impelled to rush out somewhere, do things, 'accomplish.'...One cannot fail to admire her quiet wisdom..."
-- Rosette C. Lamont, Collages & Bricolages

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