Eye Weekly: "This keen sense of the arbitrary extends to Heti's approach to the implied social structure typically contained by the world of fable. For example, Heti employs a repeating female character - obsessed with beauty and her superficial power over men -- who'd be the princess in a fairy tale. In Heti's fictional world, she's a typical, self-obsessed urbanite who has been granted an arbitrary position of authority by society." ...more

The Toronto Star: "Heti's overall sensibility is reminiscent of a remark Brassai once made about his photographs: 'I never sought to express anything but reality itself, than which there is nothing more surreal.'" ...more

The Vancouver Sun: "Heti writes with an ethereal clarity, the kind of fantastic matter-of-factness that characterizes dreams, myths, fables and nightmares. She uses her tone to lift tales of daily life to the level of myth, or to normalize the fantastic."

The New Inquiry: "But even if the stories feature miniature mermaids or banally realized fairy-tale archetypes, their fantastic or cheeky elements don’t cushion the blow of the author’s nearly Teutonic bleakness." ...more

The New Yorker: "There are arguments about "a sense of true beauty"; ill-defined and volatile relationships between friends and lovers; questions of how to handle solitude and encourage self-cultivation -- all that, and dumplings." ...more

The Literary Review of Canada: "The Middle Stories heralds in a New Nihilism, a smack in the face of conservative fiction." ...more

See Magazine: "They are the sort of stories you would read to children before tucking them into bed for the night, if you wanted them to wrestle with existential angst before falling asleep." ...more