"A southern female contemporary version of The Education of Henry Adams. . . . The author lets us inside the narrator: we see a complex and sympathetic woman. . . . I especially admired every passage dealing with food and intellectual issues."
—Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife
"Caws traces a continuum of relish and regret encompassing emotional states such as joy, fear, angst, and anger, but at the same time acknowledges the power of imagination in shaping her personal and professional life. [She] traces the process whereby she acquired her personal and academic voice despite an emotionally absent father, a husband who considered his career more important than hers, and a stiflingly sexist southern society."