"Her stories have the special power, which usually belongs to poetry, of haunting the mind."
"Dawkins is an American writer of exceptional talent. . . . Closely observant, sharp, often critical, always written with grace, the stories in The Quiet Enemy demand thoughtful respect."
Dawkins writes about people not sharply aware of their own motives or the sources of their emotions--people blinkered by life in remote places or by lack of good fortune. The remarkable power of her stories comes from the way she can express so much through characters who themselves can express little. She does it by her brilliant evocation of background and the truthfulness of her observation, and by her gift of compassionate understanding, which demolishes the distances between people.
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