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"(K)eenly perceptive...masterful essays in a fresh, vulnerable voice readers will want to hear more of."
--Publisher's Weekly (starred review) "A graceful debut."
"In her layered storytelling, (Zoffness) brings empathy to every situation and often finds empathy for herself along the way. Spilt Milk is a generous, warm debut from an already prizewinning writer."
-Book Page (starred review)
--Mat Johnson, author of Pym "Gentle, playful and laced with subtle wit, these essays are a welcome balm in an insane and un-gentle time."
--Mary Gaitskill, author of This is Pleasure and Bad Behavior "Spilt Milk contains the wisdom of a mother, the maturity of an older sister, and the wide-eyed wonder of a small child. It's a magical gift of a collection."
--Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women "In these ten musical, open-hearted essays, Courtney Zoffness establishes herself as one of our most soulful, clear-eyed narrators. A lucid dream of a book I wished would never end."
--Elisa Albert, author of After Birth "Wry and masterful--Spilt Milk examines the multiplicities of self and culture, asking the tough questions with remarkable concision. Courtney Zoffness is a writer of supernatural acuity and wit."
--T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls "Spilt Milk is current, self-examining, honest, insightful, biting, and funny. Essentially, a perfect book."
--Jesse Eisenberg, actor and playwright, author of Bream Gives me Hiccups and Other Stories "Perhaps you have heard that being a mother of small children is hard, especially so right now, and finally, here is a book of essays that don't cover up the messiness, the oddness, the love and the sadness and the worry all at once. Unsanitized and beautiful."
--Emma Straub, author of All Adults Here and owner of Books Are Magic "Courtney Zoffness's collection is written with a fierce and sometimes funny honesty. Zoffness explores motherhood and daughterhood, and how these early attachments make us and unmake us, how they connect us to others--until they are us."
--Tiphanie Yanique, author of Land of Love and Drowning "These bright, knowing essays spill over with intelligence and wit. Courtney Zoffness traces the dizzying conflict faced by parents--the daily ricochet between burden and joy--and, with a sharply lyric voice, discovers hidden connections between this domestic struggle and the larger cultural and political winds shifting around us."
--Ben Marcus, author of Notes from the Fog "On one level, Spilt Milk is an extraordinary exploration of the connections, small and large; real and imagined, between childhood and parenthood. On another level, it's irrefutable proof that Courtney Zoffness is a wondrous calculus of a prose writer: keen, inventive, candid, open-hearted, not to mention one helluva stylist."
--Mitchell S. Jackson, author of Survival Math
"Each essay is just as thoughtful and smart and well-told as the last one -- don't miss this."