"Make no mistake. This is no ordinary coming-of-age story about a privileged undergrad unsteadily feeling his way into the eye-opening wonder of first love. It is, rather, the poignant and often raucous recounting of just how Ben traverses an emotional minefield of his own making. Five-plus stars to Ms. Woulff... We're glad she persevered to produce one of the best works of fiction we've seen this year." - Don Sloan,Publishers Daily Reviews
A wonderfully nuanced and compelling read, STAINER proves a genuine gem of a novel, with Woulff effortlessly capturing the highs and lows of growing up in the nineteen seventies. Eminently readable and consistently entertaining... what makes Woulff's book so special and authentic is its sense of realism and her ability to deal with the complex issues of identity, belonging and connection without resorting to time worn tropes. - BookViral.com
"...Don't believe for a minute that young Ben, embarking on his 21st birthday celebration, is going to be hampered by old traditions. Tonight is the time to get experience that has been denied him so far in life... The story is one of loss and redemption with a properly ironic twist and ending. This reviewer would recommend this book for any interested incoming-of-age books, in Manhattan college life and just life in general. It would be of particular interest to those who have read Iolanthe Woulff's previous book, SHE'S MY DAD.5/5 Stars." - Chris Phillips, Bestsellersworld.com
"Each character is expertly drawn. Ben may not be the most dynamic person,but this is a dynamic portrayal. Woulff is an incisive observer of the outsider status of American Jews, and holds nothing back about emerging sexuality. An entertaining and keenly-observed novel." - Self-Publishing Review
"The author is an excellent storyteller and has crafted an easy-to-read novel... The way Ms. Woulff captured the decade of the 1970s,through descriptions of fashion, speech, and other details, is amazing... This is truly a gem!" - Deborah Lloyd, Readers' Favorite
"Woulff does a fantastic job of describing life in the 70's as a young adult trying to come to terms with following cultural expectations of the Jewish community, wanting to be popular, the loss of virginity, and testing the laws of freedom.... I highly recommend STAINER by Iolanthe Woulff. An emotional, insightful read, I loved Woulff's passion, the changes one makes to find "themselves," and the belief that "the grass is greener on the other side." - Carol Hoyer, Reader Views
"STAINER could easily be a parallel universe of classic story THE CATCHER IN THE RYE.Whereas misguided Holden Caulfield was pessimistic about the "cool kids" and the lifestyle they lived, misguided Ben Steiner is optimistic and believes they have the key to changing his boring Jewish life. His obsession with fitting the standards of cool... is laughably relatable and,like for so many, the epitome of his downfall... A delightful, heart-warming tale that speaks to the outsider in all of us." - Brache James, Apex Reviews
From the Back Cover
"Well..." Benjamin swallowed, and straightened his tie. "Okay, I guess."
"Attaboy." Deighland winked. "Avanti! You're about to find out what it's like to be eaten alive..."