“Duraj’s stories are profoundly concerned with the act of telling stories, of remembering them and repeating them.” -link
~ Shena MacAuliffe, Quarterly West
"The miracle of this book, calling to mind Anthony Doerr’s recent Memory Wall, is that Duraj manages to distill the historical, cultural, familial, and interpersonal experience of love, memory, and pain in ten crystalline short stories that form a family portrait covering nearly a century, resonating both before its beginning and well beyond its end. ….
What binds it is the fierce and loyal will of the one who knows she has to keep weaving these stray bits of stick and story and trash and grass back together to make us who we are—family." -link
~ Matthew Batt, Fiction Writers Review
~ Benjamin Woodard