"Ditlevsen can conjure an entire world in just a few words."
–Tabish Khair, The Times Literary Supplement
"[Ditlevsen's] legacy endures with this collection of short stories . . . Beautifully crafted."
–Angela Haupt, TIME
"Quiet and devastating . . . The stories are simple; the characters ordinary and immensely human. Their motivations are mysterious and subtle, and Ditlevsen is acutely sensitive to the way normal life can wear at their hearts . . . Already renowned for her memoirs, Ditlevsen is now poised to win acclaim as a master of short fiction."
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A central work of modern Danish literature."
"[A] literary titan . . . [Ditlevsen's] terse, unnerving stories peer into the fragility of relationships and the casual epiphanies that gut her characters."
–Oprah Daily (Most Anticipated Books of 2022)
"These spare and sparkling stories summon deep wells of emotion without the slightest trace of sentimentality."
–Chloe Schama, VOGUE
"These collected short stories show off [Ditlevsen's] astonishingly precise prose."
–Ellen Peirson-Hagger, The New Statesman