“In one of these amazing stories a character says to her husband, ‘Why are you smiling? You’re scaring me.’ That’s how I feel about Rise
. There is a yearning so deep in each story, something beautiful and urgent, that the book glows. L. Annette Binder arrives with worlds of empathy and strange surprise.”
"Three years ago I read a story titled 'Dead Languages.' I came out of my chair. I've been in standing ovation position reading every subsequent story written by L. Annette Binder. They came exquisitely one by one, and now you are damn lucky to have them all in one wondrous volume: Rise
“L. Annette Binder is a stunningly talented writer. Her stories are the stories of outsiders, gripping and heartfelt, heightened with hidden undertones of the surreal. It is this tension that makes the worlds she creates so vibrant, and allows her readers to see so deeply into these characters' souls. Rise
is a beautiful book, and Binder’s words cut clear and straight to the bone.”
L. Annette Binder’s Rise is a wondrous debut collection of her stories, any one of which could be an example of the form at its best.
— Peter Dabbene, ForeWord Reviews
The fourteen stories in … Rise (Sarabande Books) bring to mind the title of a Tom Waits album: Glitter and Doom. Rise contains a king’s ransom of both.
—Lee Thomas, Fiction Writers Review
What makes Binder's collection exceptionally compelling is that even the stories without surreal contours seem to be set in a world that is not quite our own... Rise is a knowing exploration of what we do when the unthinkable happens; no matter what form it takes.
—Sarah Bridgins, New York Daily News