Two reviews of As They Are

Review from psychoanalyst Thomas H. Ogden, M.D., author of The Hands of Gravity/The Parts Left Out/This Will Do What a remarkable experience it has been reading As They Are. The most important aspect of a story or novel is the writing itself, and it is here that this book warrants the highest praise. The narrative voice speaks in simple declarative sentences, but there is always something brewing. I like the surprise of shifting the voice from third person to first person in Part 2. That shift mid-stream is an unusual and interesting thing that Phyllis Skoy has created. I can’t remember ever reading a novel in which that is done. So many of the sentences are fresh: “I am not sure why this is true, but only during Ramadan does it take so long for the sun to set.”...

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