"Among Stefan Kanfer's gifts as a biographer are scrupulous research, fine judgement, and a critical knowledge of the wider world. But what sets him apart is his sense of music, which allows him to see the inexpressible. In Ball of Fire he gives us Lucy, whose life was hard and collapsible, yet who enchanted us because she was the music." -Roger Rosenblatt "While paying close mind to the details of an astonishing career, Kanfer also illuminates the inner turmoil...Kanfer gently conveys how great she was and how small she could be." -"N.Y. Daily News" "Canny critic and cultural historian Kanfer...[with] entertaining and thoughtful observations bring(s) The Redhead into sharp focus."-"Kirkus" .,."excellent, compulsively readable..."-"Publisher's Weekly" "Ball of Fire is a memorable portrait of its subject in all her gifted weirdness."-"Washington Post Book World" "Ball of Fire does convey a vivid sense of [Lucy's] fearlessness. Stefan Kanfer has the whole heroic story." -"New York Times Book Review"