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Like Wharton, Acampora seems to understand fiction as a kind of elegant design. As characters reappear in one story after another, Acampora reveals herself as a careful architect... lovely prose... often a single sentence twists sinuously, charged with positive and negative electricity. "New York Times Book Review"
Launched by four starred prepubs and a full page "New York Times" book review, "The Wonder Garden" marks Lauren Acampora s rarely seen, sensational entrance into the literary world. With enchanting realism, these linked stories bring to the page the myriad lives of a suburban town, and reveal at each turn the unseen battles we play out behind drawn blinds, the creeping truths from which we distract ourselves, and the massive dreams we haul quietly with us and hold close. Deliciously creepy and masterfully complex "The Wonder Garden" heralds the arrival of a phenomenal new talent in American fiction.
Acampora s stories show that an "Anna Karenina" principle still applies: All happy families are the same; the unhappy ones are miserable in their own special way. Or to boil it down to modern terms: mo money, mo problems Add well-drawn characters, interesting plots, cultural zingers and dead-on critiques of consumerism and Acampora delivers a page-turner. "Dallas Morning News"
A smashing debut, with range, subtlety and bite. Reading Acampora, we re in Cheever country, with hints of Flannery O Connor. Jane Ciabattari, BBC.com
In 13 sharply drawn linked stories, Acampora reveals the complexities beneath the polish and privilege of a prosperous Connecticut town. "People"