The Mercy Papers, a memoir of three weeks

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“Despite their confident, straightforward prose and their crystalline surface gloss, which recall Ann Beattie's early slice-of-life stories, Romm's narratives -- call them slice-of-death -- turn out to revel in ambiguities and even a gentle magic....But Romm is a close-up magician, more intimate and less instinctively fabulist, and most of her work leaves room for rational interpretation. No magic here, Romm seems to insist. But of course there is, and it's the oldest kind we know: the ordinary incantation of words and stories to help us navigate the darkness and finally -- for all that this impressive collection protests otherwise -- to hold the end at bay."

—Gregory Cowles, 

New York Times Book Review

The Mother Garden, stories

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Full disclosure: I may have a little crush on Romm. Not because she’s a good writer, although her prose (both here and in The Mother Garden, her debut story collection…) so fresh and uncompromising it can feel practically impertinent. Nor because of her wit, although she can be startlingly funny...Not even because of her fearless, scathing honesty, like a gauntlet thrown down on page after page. It’s ultimately her anger that is so magnetic...In Romm’s hands, anger becomes an instrument for pursuing truth, an extremely effective crowbar with which to pry back nicety and expose ‘something unfettered, something darker.’

—Leah Hager Cohen, 

New York Times Book Review (Front Cover)