"Like our best women writers (Joan Didion, Joyce Carol Oates), Owens is not afraid to take risks...Owens is a highly intelligent writer and a fiendishly sardonic one--to the extent that her outrageous wit rescues her freaky Jewish anti-heroine from becoming a pain in the Asphalt Jungle. On every page wisecracks explode like anti-personnel mines. We laugh, nervously perhaps, but often." --"Newsweek"
"One of the earliest portraits of the female antihero, a sort of distaff "Notes From Underground." It was very funny" --Anatole Broyard, "The New York Times"
"A very funny book by a exhilarating talent." --"The New York Times"
..".like watching a woman depilate with an acetylene touch." "--Newsweek"
"Good enough to have convulsed the late Oscar Levant, barbed, bitchy and hilariously sour." --Kenneth Tynan
"Spiky with mockery, carbon steel wit and mature observation." --"Village Voice"
"Owens, under the name of Harriet Daimler, was a prominent Parisian pornographer for Olympia Press...[who] as 'Harriet Daimler', became one of Girodias's most celebrated pornographers, someone who struggled 'against her impossible tendency to write more explicitly than the courts will tolerate'" --"Bloomsbury Magazine"
"To characterize After Claude as the inevitable lightly veiled autobiography of a 'first' novel is to deny Ms. Owens her due both as a savagely accurate reporter of the current Greenwich Village-Chelsea Hotel scene, and as a gallow humorist of major order..".After Claude..."is said, with biting verve and accuracy for New York that Mary McCarthy and her reliance on 'facts' would well envy." --Eleanor Rackow Widmer, "Arts and Society
"Hilariously brutal...an addictive, prickly pear of a read." --Skakespeare & Co Booksellers blog
""After Claude "is a very funny book saved from off-putting vulgarity by an exhilarating talent and intelligence..." --Leonard Michaels, " The New York Times Book Review"
"Miss Owens has created a new kind of monster for your compassion. And isn't that, after all, one of the classical functions of contemporary fiction?" --Anatole Broyard, "The New York Times"
"Novels like "Fear of Flying "and "After Claude" created a fresh voice that made us want to laugh out loud, pass the book around, read funny bits to our friends." --Morris Dickstein, "The New York Times"
"Harriet tells her story like a female Lenny Bruce...while I was reading...I was laughing too hard to see the page." --John Lahr, "Women's Wear Daily"show more