"...Sgambati treats those appetites so gently, even when individuals pursue them violently."
"...each storyline ruptures the construct of kinship."
"...because of my own journey with a transmasculine identity, I related to many aspects of the stories in this collection."
"In the collection’s title story, fantastically huge walrus-creatures seem to be locked in a wrestling match with a narrator ... The walrus is both irresistible and frightening. The narrator’s desire to connect with people nearby is the same."
"The poems in this book fear no field—science, song, sound, history."
"The heartbreak of this novel is both its grounding in a specific cultural, racial, and sexual reality and the relentlessness of it."
"Each story creeps up on the reader like a sneaker wave, lulling with rhythmic language and an enchanting blend of stark hyperrealism and folklore."
"Re-considering glowing-eyed sea creatures was just the first of many moments in which my brain broke open..."
"She and Naimon develop the idea of sentences having bones and structures much in the manner of animals, each form producing its own particular gait."
"It’s an idea that SELFISH reinforces so well: that what we present as may be a far cry from who we really are."
"...as a boy Hervey possessed an early love for reading and an unrelenting imagination that would’ve been considered unwieldy had he been raised anywhere else but the American South."
"...softness—that burden that comes with being a woman."
"I had forgotten that through the eyes of a child, Christmas is a very different thing. Luckily, Winterson has not forgotten this key fact."