“I’d always felt frustrated by books that made things simpler than I’d found them to be. Even writing English papers as a college student, you’re supposed to sound like you know what you’re talking about. But so often I didn’t–I didn’t even know what I meant. But I knew that. So I began to explore language that expressed the groping way I thought, mixing uncertainty and mistakes with bursts of insight. I found that this was the way to just sound human.”
by Carola Dibbell
She was always finding girls in trouble, damsels in distress. She was always volunteering to be their knight in armor. Yet when it came down to it she never knew what to say. “Want to talk?” she ventured.
by Vicraj Gill
Lee Monks of literary blog The Mookse and the Gripes describes Gardam as “a pretty much unanimously revered writer” that he “had yet to read a word of” before he picked up the recently released The Stories of Jane Gardam.