Sanders has a way of fixing on a point, a detail (pimples, discolored teeth, tightly coiffed hair) and moving outward into the cosmos of human attributes; restlessness, a tendency to startle easily, ferocity. There is a kind of violence in every story, different kinds; and it is always surprising how the physical violence is the least disturbing kind. Sanders' characters have a youthful ease of movement; they toss things and roll and jump and greet strangers easily. Once in orbit around other characters, however, they almost always fail to obey physical laws. "Open your mouth for my gun," says the girl at the front desk who has yet to grow into her true beauty. The man will be lucky if he gets out of there with all his teeth.
The Los Angeles Times
Greg Sanders's prose will make you wake up and smell the latté... It's an especially rejuvenating discovery if your senses have been dulled by one too many short-story writers who just don't seem interested in language, or whose flat vocabulary appears to be dumbed down in service of their "ordinary" characters. Sanders's debut story collection Motel Girl inscribes its characters with rich inner lives and appealing texture....Whether dramatic or meditative, these stories are deft, enigmatic lyrics that pivot on an image or insight. Tired of a diet of addiction memoirs? Curl up with this collection"with soy milk but almost no foam"to let the literary senses revive.
Rain Taxi Review of Books
Greg Sanders has hit the bullseye with Motel Girl. The storiesoriginal, often surreal, yet thoroughly convincingare tone-perfect, exuding a marvelous, full-bodied authority. An astonishingly fine debut.
Janet Fitch, author of Paint It Black
Greg Sanders's stories are ingenious and originalbut more important, he's a fabulist with a heart.
David Gates, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Wonders of the Invisible World, Jernigan and Preston Falls.