Reviews

  • 16 Mar 2005

    praise for This is Not the Tropics :
    “An utterly remarkable debut collection ... offers up a clear-eyed portrait of the Plains, marked by heartache, fear, loneliness and regret ... Quite honestly, this is the finest collection I've seen in years.”

    Publisher's Weekly
  • 16 Mar 2005

    praise for This is Not the Tropics :
    “These are stories of compassion and surprising generosity, as characters who have been trapped find escape, who have been lonely find company, and who have endured loss face not sorrow, but transformation.”

    —Erin McGraw, The Good Life: Stories
  • 16 Mar 2005

    praise for This is Not the Tropics :
    “Ladette Randolph's stories sink their teeth into the deep Nebraska Midwest the way that Flannery O'Connor tore into the heart of Georgia. There's a wonderfully sly, deadpan sweetness at work here, so that it may take a moment to realize how odd and twisty the stories are. Randolph seems like such a nice, earnestly polite young woman — and then suddenly your wallet is missing and she's driving away in your car! These are beautifully crafty, beguiling stories: witty, wise, and wicked.”

    —Dan Chaon
  • 16 Mar 2005

    praise for This is Not the Tropics :
    “An accomplished, engaging debut collection that displays an impressive range. These are wise, heartfelt, and graceful stories.”

    —Marly Swick
  • 16 Mar 2005

    praise for This is Not the Tropics :
    “Ladette Randolph's stories have the sly, subtle intensity of a snake gliding through grass. They sneak up on their characters and the reader alike, invoking humor, grace, and wisdom before pouncing on us with exhilarating epiphanies that are as dark and brutal as they are hopeful.”

    —Meghan Daum, The Quality of Life Report and My Misspent Youth