"Kim Chinquee has the dead-eye aim and the precision with language that makes her stories hit the mark again and again. They explore the jangling nervous system beneath the ordinary surface of the world, and all the irony, shock, sadness, and hope contained therein. Pitch-perfect writing broadcast on a very real, and wonderful, frequency." --Jean Thompson, National Book Award finalist author of WHO DO YOU LOVE
"In her new book of very short stories, Kim Chinquee works the flash fiction form in much the same way that Raymond Carver worked somewhat longer story forms: with a stunningly complex simplicity. There is always a roiling subtext beneath the seemingly placid surfaces and tones of Chinquee's stories, a dichotomy which speaks to deep truths about the human condition. Kim Chinquee is a true artist with a true vision, and Pretty is a brilliant book." --Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN
"These brief snapshots of conversations in specific settings manage to seem not like fragments of lost wholes but like vivid distillations of essential dramas, each a variation on the shared subject of thwarted intimacy. Though each snapshot is complete in itself, the book gathers mass and momentum, and so achieves a singular power." —Carl Dennis, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of PRACTICAL GODS
"Chinquee writes with such precision it stuns how much she gets into a small space. OH BABY will break your heart in one hundred ways, just like that 800-page gorilla you didn't read last week." --Frederick Barthelme, author of sixteen books of fiction and nonfiction including DOUBLE DOWN, and THERE MUST BE SOME MISTAKE
"Kim Chinquee writes with remarkable heart and grace. Her wise capsulizings of love's devastations and of life's roil and disappointments come at you with a sorrowing precision that comforts even as it haunts."  --Gary Lutz, author of STORIES IN THE WORST WAY, and I LOOKED ALIVE
"One of the most thrilling things about reading Kim Chinquee's beautifully tiny stories is the great leaps that she takes between sentences--making the reader leap with her into a world of brief glimpses and bits of dialogue that are full of narrative implications, a world of perfectly chosen details that render the understated emotion of a character's whole life." --Michael Kimball, author of THE WAY THE FAMILY GOT AWAY, and DEAR EVERYBODY
"In her new collection of prose poems/flash fictions, Pretty, Kim Chinquee peels back the surface layers of human experience, giving her readers poignant glimpses of a girl struggling with identity, longing, and unrequited love. But these are not the fanciful farces we were fed as young girls; the lessons Chinquee's character Elle learns as she grows from a young girl to maturity are raw, candid, and unapologetic....her stories leave us with questions such as: What constitutes truth? How do the roles we play influence others? In what ways do we sabotage ourselves? And that's what good writing should do—leave us wondering, experiencing, and discovering again and again."  --Julie Colombo, RAIN TAXI
"...the book as a whole moves toward becoming a major work of art. If the individual flashes don't always come to more then a premonition, together they can take on a haunting wholeness—call it a gestalt. This is something I found lacking in another collection I read recently, Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer-winning Olive Kitteredge(2008), a novel in stories, Strout's prose, like Moore's, is richly textured, and her novelistic approach to stories is expansive: yet, in terms of their protagonists, neither of their books is more various, or deeper, than Chinquee's Pretty. In fact, I dare say they are less so. Strout or Moore may tell you everything you want to know about a character, but also more than you want to know; Chinquee tells you less, and leaves you desiring."  —Robert Shapard, AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW
"Once asked why he kept making small films in terms of characters and length—chamber pieces for lack of a better word—Ingmar Bergman quoted Frederic Chopin's answer to a woman who asked why he concentrated more on sonatas and concertos instead of that grand, opulent form—the symphony: 'My kingdom is a small one, but I am its king.' People have voiced similar concerns about flash fiction or very short fiction or any of the other diminutives for the form that currently saturates the internet. In the spirit of her Northern European brothers I offer Kim Chinquee as the answer—the queen of flash fiction—and her most recent collection, Pretty. In curt sentences detailing many unsettled lives, Chinquee constructs a mosaic of despair in modern day America."  --Greg Gerke, THE RUMPUS