—Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and More Than It Hurts You
“Shannan Rouss is a magical writer. Reading this collection feels like unwrapping presents, each more enchanting than the last. These stories are crisp, witty, tender, sad, and altogether delightful.”
—Brian Morton, author of Starting Out in the Evening and Breakable You
"Even the darker stories in Shannan Rouss’s debut collection, Easy For You, have an essential effervescence that makes these 10 Los Angeles tales about lonely trophy wives, clueless fathers, and wiser-than-the-adults teens shimmer and sparkle like the backyard swimming pools dotting the area’s secretive and secluded hillsides and canyons."
"Threaded with humor and messiness reminiscent of Lorrie Moore. . . . it beautifully illustrates regret and desperation."
"[Rouss's] debut collection vividly portrays men and women still tangled in the past. . . [her] wise, ironic stories are refreshingly sincere, offbeat, sad, and free of Hollywood stereotypes, introducing a young, perceptive writer who can see through the shiny surface, into the human heart."
"The author may have moved to New York, but she paints a bulls-eye on her hometown of L.A. and delivers up an insightful debut collection."