|The twelve stories in this collection are variously concerned with departures -- physical, emotional, and even philosophical. Yet, as author Lucy Ferriss reminds us, few things in life are ever completely left behind. That which is unresolved, remains. In each of these subtly crafted stories, Ferriss's characters find themselves drawn into confrontations without knowing quite how they got there. As the consequences of their actions suddenly awaken their moral self-awareness, they face the task of recapturing and redefining the past in order to shape the future.
"Well-crafted. Ferriss is able to create vivid characters that have credibility and that can quickly engage the reader's attention. Her writing is lucid and observant, her eye for detail impressive." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch"Lucy Ferriss's elegant and fearless Leaving the Neighborhood does what Raymond Carver said that short stories should do: tell us what everybody knows but what nobody is talking about -- at least not publicly. These stories speak hard, elusive truths about sex and marriage and family." -- Mark Winegardner
"Sad and soaring and sexy, these stories reveal fragmented and fragile lives, the way we live now. Never easy choices, and never anything but lyrical, honest prose -- both of which I admire." -- Susan Straight
"Ferriss's strength as an author is her uncanny ability to layer so many emotions in her fiction. This is a beautifully written collection." -- St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Enjoy visiting the world according to Lucy -- you will not want to leave! In these passionate stories, you'll find many wonderful observations and sharp psychological insights." -- Josip Novakovich