From Publishers Weekly
"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