The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales gathers feminist working class stories in a witty and entertaining collection. Laura Madeline Wiseman delivers the personal discovery writ large on every girl’s body in honest, sometimes painful and sometimes humorous detail. From cockroach carcasses as cat toys, to urban childhood hunger, and through awkward love affairs, Wiseman’s visceral poetic imagery animates these girls and women and forces us to identify with them. It is hard not to compare The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters to Lorrie Moore’s Self-Help, but Wiseman moves her succulent second-person stories into the twenty-first century with her candid style and lyrical voice.
– DeMisty D. Bellinger