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Susan CokalThroughout these stories, Martin's characters are haunted by figures like Rita. And if they aren't facing them already, they'll usually conjure them up. Perhaps "to be" an artist is inevitably "not to be" without turmoil and unhappiness — but this has never seemed much of a deterrent. Art, Martin suggests, involves a yearning that may be irresistible; she makes that old quest new in every one of these beautiful, heartbreaking stories.
— The New York Times