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About the Author
Patty Yumi Cottrell's work has appeared in BOMB, Gulf Coast, and Black Warrior Review, among other places. She was awarded a 2018 Whiting Award.
Engaging and humorous, Wu offers a personal and wry reading...Wu has a natural rhythm and flow to her reading...[and] brings sensitivity and intelligence to this portrait of an elusive and eccentric woman.-- "AudioFile"
The powerful tale of a complex character confronting psychological demons, Sorry to Disrupt the Peace is a riveting experience, masterfully performed by theater, television, and film actress Nancy Wu.-- "Midwest Book Review"
Stellar...Complex and mysterious, yet, in the end, deeply human and empathetic.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Helen's foggy view of reality is a dark, dark comedic well, and debut novelist Cottrell tells her story with gutsy style, glowing sentences, and true feeling.-- "Booklist"
Patty Yumi Cottrell's prose...draws the reader right into the heart of this wonderfully spiky hedgehog of a book...[and] what is ultimately a tremendously moving act of imagination.-- "Helen Oyeyemi, author of What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours"
In this completely absorbing novel of devastation and estrangement, Patty Yumi Cottrell introduces herself as a modern Robert Walser. Her voice is unflinching, unforgettable, and animated with a restless sense of humor.-- "Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody Is Ever Missing"
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace had me [feeling]...ebullient and spent, grateful to be reminded that life is only funny and gorgeous because life is also strange and sad.-- "Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly Girls"
Patty Yumi Cottrell's adoption of the rambling and specific absurd...[is] about a way of being in the world, an always new and necessary way to contend with this garbage that surrounds us, these false portraits of our hearts and minds. This book is not a diversion-it's a lifeline.-- "Jesse Ball, author of How to Set a Fire and Why"