"These brilliantly written pieces stimulated the board into a
lively discussion of language, point of view, and politics, and
resulted in a
resounding 'yes' from everyone on the importance of using these two pieces together, as point-counterpoint on the themes of violence against women and the nuanced and challenging process of surviving that violence."
--Minnie Bruce Pratt Creative Writing Editor for the Feminist Studies Editorial Board
"Stark's writing achieves something altogether new. It allows us a glimpse into the perceptive, multidimensional, and startlingly rich
dissociative mind, in which the past can suddenly seem more real than the present and even the smallest detail can trigger overpowering memories, so that the impossibly hopeful conclusion feels all the more earned and satisfying."
--Katie Hae Leo, playwright of Four Destinies"Christine Stark's novel Nickels is, in a word, stunning. It's a tough read on many levels, not for the squeamish or lazy reader. But for the reader who is willing to work a bit, reading the novel is an amazing experience. ...It is a singular book that merits every reader it can get, not only because of the subject of the book worthwhile in itself but because of Stark's artistry in writing it. When readers put the finished book down, they'll never look at nickels again in quite the same way."
--Michael Northen, Editor-in-Chief, Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry