A new review in the SF Chronicle has arrived. Thank you Malena Watrous!
It got some parts so right–as in, so close to my own feelings as I wrote—that it was scary.
“But fans of chick-lit be warned. In spite of a recognizable framework and archetypal characters, “The Gin Closet” is no escapist fantasy but a slow and steady heartbreak. It is also exquisitely beautiful. Jamison writes like a poet, her imagery breathtaking, her sentences unfurling unpredictably, to the novel’s devastating end…”The Gin Closet” is a classical tragedy. The characters are doomed to repeat their mistakes, haunted by the past, unable to save themselves or each other. But while the plot precludes redemption, language is a saving grace both for the novel and in their lives. We may not be able to change, but at least we can tell our stories, finding flashes of beauty even in the ugliest things.