“Edra Ziesk, a New York novelist, creates characters who stroll right into our imagination. Her prose is lush and evocative; her persistent, colorful descriptions of just how hot it was and just how much folks sweated are astoundingly varied and entertaining. And she respectfully renders the tricky, beautiful talk of mountain people.” Star Tribune

“Ziesk’s plot is airtight. Her take on the area and the culture is astonishingly accurate. Her writing is at times lyric and wonderfully laden with symbolism. Ziesk’s book is the kind you can read and ponder more than once. It’s full of deep questions about the importance of place, the pull of history and the roles a society forces on people.” The Advocate

“…a book about boundaries [w]e can’t see or understand.[A] death and a killer’s imprisonment soon cause other boundaries in the hills and community to become unsettled, and people [to] start trespassing on one another’s lives in this engrossing, well-crafted third novel.” The Dallas Morning News

The Trespasser is a remarkable tale about the brief quiet times of life interrupted by events of violence that lead back to the preternatural quiet, all bound by brilliant crystaline language that speaks to the reader without bombast or flabbiness, all of it clear, dangerous,, exact, and utterly absorbing.” Paula Fox

I loved Ziesk’s style of writing; very visual, beautiful writing with just the right amount of darkness about it.  The characters are well-constructed and believable, the scenery plays like a movie in your mind, and the plot took turns I never expected.” Carpe Libris Reviews

“Edra Ziesk, in The Trespasser, has replicated a little piece of the hills of Kentucky and filled it with a cast of very real characters, with not a hero among them.”

“Sebastian Bryant came to eastern Kentucky looking for photographs and stumbled into a closed little community whose code of behavior he would never understand. What happened to him rippled through the town in ways that would change other lives forever, sometimes for the good, and sometimes not.”









“…brilliantly constructed…Ziesk creates memorable characters, sets them in motion and creates just enough suspense to keep you reading eagerly along… Ziesk is fluent at packing meaning into the spaces between the lines.” New York Newsday

“Ziesk’s spare sentences work quietly, melting the frozen landscape to reveal complex life beneath.” Boston Magazine

“…the potent and lyrical prose is consistently fine: Ziesk’s powers of observation and insight are formidable. She renders each scene with meticulous detail, allowing her characters to reveal themselves as the tensions among them escalate.” Publishers Weekly

“Ziesk’s second novel…is a marvel of economy, with its spare prose style and narrative that omits whatever isn’t absolutely necessary…Here, suggestion suffices, creating a lovely, haunting novel.” Booklist

“Edra Ziesk keeps up suspense and a grim aura of foreboding. We know someone is bound to be killed; we know someone will end up a killer, but in each case we don’t know who…Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edith Wharton would have loved this book.” The Washington Post

“Ziesk [has] an eye for the lovely and the strange…She has woven accident and motive into a tangle of anxiety, fear and hope for her cast of characters.” Los Angeles Times

“Because of her deft and compassionate character descriptions, we come to care for the people in Ziesk’s story. And her ingenious plotting means that once we start reading about them, our won anxiety and concern for their welfare keep us reading. Ziesk’s use of language and imagery is complex, arresting and emotionally vibrant. Clearly, we’re in the hands of a master.” Barre Times Argus

“The strength and power of Ziesk’s fiction lies in the accuracy and authenticity she creates in space and time. The landscape, the physicality of Vermont is real.” The Eagle

“Ziesk takes us into a rural town and the woods of a mountain in southern Vermont. The prose is delicious…It’s lovely to walk with a writer gifted in observation and lean, colloquial syntax.” Providence RI Journal

“… a tremendous talent for character creation and development.” Rain Taxi

“[the characters] I met on the pages of Edra Ziesk’s novel A Cold Spring are indelibly marked on my brain…She’s created the kind of characters readers would follow anywhere.” January Magazine

“Ziesk writes with a deep love for language and nuance and an insightful understanding of how the impact everyday decisions we make ripple throughout lives.” Spectator Online

“…this beautifully written novel is a story of the roads we see and the ones we don’t, and of those moments when lives suddenly change direction.” Style Weekly, Richmond, VA


“Of the many authors SMU Press has presented to the public, none is finer than Edra Ziesk, whose Acceptable Losses is one of the best novels I have read in years. It is a marvelous accomplishment from a writer working in a style that is manifestly her own.” James Hannah, Houston Chronicle

“Edra Ziesk is a powerful new voice, a master-crafter of words, a storyteller both simple and profound. Make a…resolution to read this extraordinary book.” Newark Star-Ledger

“With delicate images ‘as fine as the legs of a spider’ the author charts…a world of startling beauty and grief.” The New Yorker

Acceptable Losses is beach reading in the least obvious sense; although the novel takes place at the New Jersey shore, it is hardly light fare.” The New York Times Book Review

“Perhaps the major accomplishment of this novel is that the author manages to transform a…little girl into a young woman the reader cares about enormously.” The Dallas Morning News

“…rewards its audience with the beauty, power and magic of words strung together like an iridescent charm bracelet.” Booklist



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