Publishers Weekly Review of Stony Kill
In Small’s sprawling, evocative debut, Joss Ellen Ryckman stops running from her past and, after the death of her mother, returns to her childhood farm in upstate New York. . . Small’s expansive prose spares no expense on powerful and descriptive details. . .
The winding narrative follows Joss coming to terms with her own agency and realizing that the past doesn’t necessarily determine the future. Joss also decides to stop hiding from two family tragedies: one of her mother’s and one of her own. These haunting moments bookend the narrative and illuminate the raw edges of Joss’ experience. This deeply expressive book is a fine exploration of personal history and the significance of place as a means of finding oneself. (Oct.)