"This installment of Sheer Fiction not only introduces a number of novelists well worth knowing, but offers fresh, inspired readings of better-known writers..."
-- Review of Contemporary Fiction
"Anti-academic, anti-conventional, West's short bursts of applause for those who eschew 'suburban pit-a-pat' are bracing and entertaining."
-- Library Journal
"As always, West's style is provocatively intelligent and his ideas are direct and responsive to the most pertinent questions about literature."
-- The Star-Ledger
"A first-rate reviewer -- thorough, passionate, opinionated -- who never lets his judgments interfere with his considerable ability to evoke the texture and character of the work under review."
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