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Radio Belly

June 2012

"...a terrific melange of overt weirdness and exquisite subtlety."

San Francisco Book Review, Jun 15, 2012
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Radio Belly

June 2012

"Buffy Cram's Radio Belly, another noteworthy first book, splits the difference between...meta-fictional hijinks and...unflinching realism. Put another way, Cram takes the quirkiness in her stories seriously."

Montreal Gazette, Jun 14, 2012
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Radio Belly

Radio Belly

June 2012

"...giving you the unexpected is what this promising young writer is best at.... a whip-smart storyteller."

Globe & Mail, Jun 2, 2012
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Radio Belly

April 2012

"Buffy Cram's debut short story collection is full of the stuff publishers salivate over. Oddball characters -- a between-careers museum writer; a girl who believes her belly picks up radio -- in absurd situations -- on a giant island of plastic after the Armageddon; facing a growing hoard of middle-class homeless. Cram's stories, like her characters and situations, are slightly unhinged, often choosing inventive quirk over heartfelt truth...Cram shows she doesn't need a smile to be smart, leaving you hungry for more."

Telegraph Journal, Apr 28, 2012
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Radio Belly

Radio Belly

April 2012

"Buffy Cram's book of short stories, Radio Belly, is full of kooky tales that reel a reader in and don't let go. She tackles issues, but combines them with magical thinking, so that the resulting stories are both really far out, but also very real at the same time."

Vancouver Sun, Apr 27, 2012
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Radio Belly

Radio Belly

April 2012

"...an entertaining read, and Cram’s writing pulled me from story to story with its promise of wit and a new lens through which to see the world. It is not every writer who can successfully combine stories about Dead Heads, dystopian futures and moustache conspiracy theories, and that Buffy Cram not only did so, but did so in her first collection, is an exciting indication of what she might have in store for us in the future."

National Post, Apr 21, 2012
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Radio Belly

Radio Belly

April 2012

<p>"...because of her characters strange quirks, they seem to leap off the page and stand before you fully formed in glorious living colour ...a must read."

Vancouver Weekly, Apr 18, 2012
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Radio Belly

Radio Belly

April 2012

"...an often-emotional, always-entertaining journey..."

Victoria Times Colonist, Apr 8, 2012
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Radio Belly

Radio Belly

March 2012

"...speculative, off-kilter tinge....allows Cram to represent shifts of mental and emotional ballast with a very light and descriptive touch."

Quill & Quire, Mar 1, 2012
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Radio Belly

Radio Belly

January 2012

"A man transforms his lover into a chair. A well-to-do suburbanite joins a troupe of cultured, ragtag vagrants. Buffy Cram's characters exist in off-kilter realities, just slightly in the future perhaps, yet they're as real as the people next door. Such is life in the funny-strange, quirky-sad world of Radio Belly. A wonderful, inventive debut."

Charlotte Gill, author, Ladykiller and Eating Dirt, Jan 9, 2012
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