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"Like the ferry itself, this book sails from Staten Island into the troubled waters of fiction's greatest themes—family, love, death—all with wry humor and a sharp eye for detail. A wonderful debut."

"Claire Jimenez writes with tremendous heart, tremendous wit. Each narrative collected in Staten Island Stories zings with sharp humor and heart-squeezing pathos."

"Staten Island Stories is a welcome working-class shout into the face of those who would have us believe that the story of any one American is more important than the story of any other. The view from Jimenez's Staten Island Ferry is one all of us should see."

"Compulsively readable, hilarious, and true, Claire Jimenez's Staten Island Stories is a wild and wise and vicious pleasure—this book is full of love."

"These stories are deeply grounded in a particular place and community but will resonate with readers everywhere... Her prose, especially the dialogue, snaps with authentic immediacy... Staten Island Stories concerns ugly times and circumstances, but the people and the stories are beautiful."

"Jimenez's contemporary take offers a rare view of New York City's southernmost borough, Staten Island. Though most people's perception of Staten Island might be shaped by headlines, Jimenez labors to show the vibrant communities within it while addressing the racial tensions that placed Staten Island on the map."

"Though Jimenez's characteristic wit and directness come through in each piece, the voices themselves remain unique—original and distinct to the human beings whose difficulties they embody."

"Without moralizing and through the thorny, everyday lives of Staten Islanders, or at least a particular subset of them, the book addresses in subtle ways the terrors in our society... In these first-person narratives, the reader doesn't just observe, but joins the characters in their search for autonomy and recognition as human beings, a search carried by prose that captures the complexities of inner fears and the outer behaviors that attempt to mask them."