Praise for Above Sugar Hill
'Mannheim’s restive tales of her desiccated stretch of New York provoke and abide like a slap.'
– Eimear McBride, author of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
'Wonderful, affecting stories.'
– Irenosen Okojie, author of Speak Gigantular
'Linda Mannheim’s smouldering vignettes of New York life are both achingly sad and beautifully wrought. These are stories to re-read and savour.'
– Stuart Evers, author of Your Father Sends His Love
'The stories in Above Sugar Hill share a strong sense of territory but at the same time the buildings in them are vandalised and neglected; they burn and crumble . . . The children are as vulnerable as the buildings in which they live.'
– Alison Moore, author of The Lighthouse
'You’re carrying Washington Heights around inside you, and you are the site of every story; the sliver of truth behind every story, every observation, is lodged in you like a splinter.'
– Minor Literatures
'Mannheim has done something very difficult here. She’s made stories that are as evocative on a sentence level as they are in terms of narrative. She’s made stories to which location is integral, but she has done that without limiting the scope and impact of her characters. She’s made stories that will genuinely make you laugh and cry. A definite contender for collection of the year.'
– The Cadaverine
'There is real passion and anger in her description of her connection to her neighborhood.'
– Necessary Fiction
'Mannheim’s is a rare voice, reminiscent of the wonderful Jo Ann Beard’s in The Boys of My Youth or Gloria Naylor’s in The Women of Brewster Place, a voice the reader wants to hear again. What she looks at, she really sees.'
– Book Oxygen
'It is a collection of lives and people. Yet, when you add in the dimension of time and place you get a nuanced and rich history of said place, an account of something that we think of as static.'
– Kaleidoscope Sounds
'It is poetic prose at its finest.'
– Sabotage Reviews