The Kiss of the Prison Dancer
Runner-up for the 2005 PEN/Hemingway Award.
"The Kiss of the Prison Dancer plunges us into moral quanderies and modern mysteries that are disturbingly riveting...Max Friedman's life story is one whose dilemmas compel our compassion--and Richard's brilliant account of Max's troubles won't let us off any hooks."
--Sandra M. Gilbert, Kissing the Bread, Ghost Volcano, The Madwoman in the Attic
"I fell under its spell. It's a great piece of work!"
--Ramond Mungo, Famous Long Ago, Total Loss Farm
"What a surprising and deeply thought-provoking book this is!"
--Dirck Van Sickle, Montana Gothic
"What a nice piece of work! The ending completely surprised me, yet when I reflected on it, it seemed inevitable."
--Deloris Tarzan Ament, Iridescent Light
"The dilemma confronting Max Friedman will live in the mind of the reader for years to come. So, be warned!" --Harvard Square Commentary
"A straightforward, easy read, but watch out...I found myself realizing, after reading this book, that taking a truly good, hard look at myself in the mirror is not something I'm readily prepared to do. Consider, perhaps, this novel as an easier-to-swallow form of analysis than the painful exercise of opening your eyes and really looking hard at what is within you and around you."
--Lisa B. Falour, Quiet Days in Saint-Denis