"What's best about Out of Eden is its brave, complicated ideas about women and the West...Kate Lehrer, whose previous novel 'When They Took Away the Man in the Moon,' also dealt with the conflicting desires of a strong woman, stakes out a fascinating turf here...this is terrific material for full bodied story telling...one can almost imagine a clever film director turning this saga of Victorian gentlewoman into a cowgirls' "Thelma and Louise."
"I like her book for several reasons. It undercuts
conventional reads about Kansas
and the novel also describes how
loving families come in different shapes, not necessarily full blood-related."
- Richard Louv, San Diego Tribune on Out of Eden
"I have never read a more compelling portrait of a
modern woman. Kate Lehrer's heroine has wit, sense, nonsense, selfishness,
selflessness, and a remarkable fusion of power and frailty." -
Roger Rosenblatt on When They Took Away the Man in the Moon
"Kate Lehrer' Best Intentions succeeds on several levels - as a lively account of the world of politics and journalism in Washington and as a tragic story of a mother's ultimately destructive love for her daughter. It is an absorbing and rewarding novel. - Robert Stone
"Kate Lehrer is a fine, serious writer; she tells a fascinating, moving, and complex story." - Annie Dillard