In addition to excerpts from nine of her previous books (one of which, the 1982 novel When Sisterhood Was in Flower, is reprinted substantially complete), [this volume] includes 35 uncollected essays, . . . on subjects ranging from Lizzie Borden to Sylvia Plath.
The New York Times Book Review
King fans will be ecstatic, publicists will tremble (for King is a notorious misanthrope who takes her loathing of book tours and author interviews out on those who host and herald such occasions), and those yet unacquainted with this uncommon southern writer have pages of gut-wrenching laughter in store for them. King sets the stage in her hilarious introduction: "One of the values of an anthology is supposed to be the opportunity it gives readers to see how an author has grown over the years. Well, tough titty." King claims to "have cut, revised, edited and in general rewritten the excerpts. Polishing and tightening my prose is my idea of good clean narcissistic fun." Among the pieces selected here are King's novel in its entirety, a chapter of her uncompleted, savagely funny, "heaving-bosom historical," book reviews, and excerpts from essay collections on any and all topics in American life. A reader to be relished.
"Intolerant, insensitive and very, very, funny."The New York Times Book Review
"If Mencken were alive, he would be her."George Will
"This book is funny: howling, tears streaming, gasping for breath, rolling on the bed and screeching loud enough to scare the dogs FUNNY!...Buy two copies, because someone is sure to snitch one."Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"This anthology is such a good idea and such a success...The Florence King Reader is the best kind of anthology; it contains work from every period on diverse subjects, and it leaves the reader wanting more...To appreciate Florence King, you have to read her. No review can do her justice, for she is a true American original in an era in which that phrase should have been honorably retired years ago....Miss King is invariably entertaining. This anthology is the proof of her literary worth."Jay Stafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch
"One of America's wittiest columnists...A delight and a treasure."Maggie Gallagher, The Washington Times
"Simply wonderful...Like H.L. Mencken, whom she resembles in independence and vigorous expression of thought, King cannot write a dull paragraph."Roger Miller, Milwaukee Journal
"Florence King is an outstanding writer. Her fiction shows perfect pitch for humor....Her essays are well-constructed, razor-sharp attacks on liberalism, feminism, and political correctness."Ross C. Reeves, The Virginian-Pilot