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  • The best book I've read this year...unsparing, stylishly written, and profoundly loving, the book is as original as it is powerful... a book that expands and breaks your heart, not with sentimentality but with its intelligence and compassion.

    Adelle Waldman
  • A provocative, meditative, funny, feminist adventure about two women trying to tell each other the stories that matter while there's still time.

    Alexander Chee
  • Rich and moving . . . Orange skirts the traps of the mother-daughter memoir by going beyond personal history. . . Pure Flame may be Orange's legacy.

    Maggie Doherty, New York Times
  • Recasts the notion of maternal legacy and fills it with pointed mystery and informed sincerity. Pure Flame is a tutorial in bending creative non-fiction.

    Kiese Laymon
  • Sometimes achingly sad, but often warm and evocative... a brilliant work of feminist critique.

    Lauren Puckett-Pope, US Elle
  • Powerful . . .honest, fair, and compassionate.

    Veronica Esposito, Literary Hub
  • Opening Pure Flame is like stepping into a cathedral. Michelle Orange makes elaborate leaps of association and elegant sentences seem effortless to construct, but only a writer as skilled as Orange can make a reader feel like a collaborator, rather than a mere witness to the artistry. Pure Flame is as lyrical and idea-driven as it is propulsive and moving.

    Jeannie Vanasco, author of Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl
  • Orange embarked on this fiercely intelligent memoir - which doubles as a critique of feminism and maternal failure - to try to come to terms with her mother's decision and their decades-long estrangement.

    Emily Donaldson, Globe and Mail
  • The prismatic effect of Orange's multidimensional approach is brilliant, illuminative, and moving.

    Kirkus (starred review)
  • In gleaming prose of tensile strength, Orange considers the painful paradoxes of women's lives and mother-daughter relationships.


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