"The wonder of Stacy Barton's fiction is the emotional connection of her characters. There are hard, dark, vivid stories here--real and familiar situations, plenty of struggle and ambiguity as well as celebration. The central triumph is that of the author, her stories and the people in them reliably authentic all the way."
Philip F. Deaver, author of Silent Retreats, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
"Stacy Barton's considerable genius is that she looks at the world we all look at, but sees what the rest of us are unwilling to see. And she doesn't flinch. The disarming beauty of Surviving Nashville can be, at times, quite breathtaking. Here is the art of few words and powerful resonance. Stacy Barton's brilliant collection will haunt you. It's courageous, honest and smart."
John Dufresne, author of Louisiana Power and Light, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year
"Stacy Barton's stories tug at the cozy blankets around my mind and soul. She makes me think long, hard thoughts with her spare yet lovely prose. I am a voyeur, a gaper, hungering for more with each vignette."
Chris-Marie Wave, coauthor of Conversations at the Girlville Diner
"Stacy Barton's stories fly from dark to light and back again in depicting the human condition. Her words sing to accompany her characters in their varied journeys that touch the gamut of readers' emotions. Through it all there is the never-spelled-out but felt sense that the writer knows that beyond the dark glass she'll find Light and the answers to the unanswerables."