Powell’s Review-a-Day, Saturday, December 25th, 2010
“The more I think about these stories, the more I appreciate their quiet brilliance,” Sheila Ashdown writes in the review.
Kenyon Review, December 10th, 2010
Kenyon Review has included Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women on its list of Holiday Reading Recommendations. “Nine Simple Patterns is cockeyed smart, sharply written, and very funny. A much-needed new voice for women and men has arrived in this debut collection,” KR’s Nancy Zafris writes.
The Oregonian, October 30th, 2010
Christine Selk writes, “Rechner’s skill at debunking the illusion of hearth and home is impressive, echoing early Munro.”
She Writes, October 13th, 2010
“Mary’s writing is spare and exact. Her words are chosen with great care. This is the kind of writing that takes time to create and thus is wonderful to read. Truly lovely.” –memoirist Jennifer Lauck.
The Register-Guard, October 10th, 2010
From Jamie Passaro’s review in Eugene’s newspaper, The Register-Guard: “Rechner’s collection [is] lovely to behold, well-designed and smart. The book has French flaps and thick pages with soft ragged edges known in publishing as a deckle edge. [...] And the stories are just as strong. Most of Rechner’s protagonists are smart women engaging in moments of mischief or brutal honesty or both.”
Reading Local, October 8th, 2010
Karen Munro says of Mary’s work: “Her stories, told in lucid, seamless prose, feel instantly familiar, like continuing a conversation with an old friend.”
The Believer, October 1st, 2010
Malena Watrous has written a glowing review of the book in The Believer. “The nine stories have a distinct ring of truth and a narrow range of experience that feels personal, closely observed. A child’s bare foot isn’t just small, instead ‘her heels were so close to her toes.’ With no frills, no gimmicks, just a gimlet eye and quicksilver prose, Rechner defamiliarizes the mundane and makes it marvelous.”
Willamette Week, September 1st, 2010
Kelly Clarke has singled out Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women as a top pick for fall books, calling it “a tight, incisive and darkly funny series of vignettes about mothers, wives and the people who unwittingly become them.”
Rose City Reader, August 23rd, 2010
Gilion Dumas, on looking over her review copy of Nine Simple Patterns: “It has moved from my mailbox to the top of my nightstand TBR-immediately stack because it is irresistible. Not only is the cover so vintage sassy, it is also a beautifully-made book, with thick, rough-cut pages and French flaps. French flaps. That is a trend in book binding that I support wholeheartedly.”