The first story in the book, “The Associated Virgins,” earned a Special Mention in the 2013 Pushcart Prize volume, which thrills and amazes me. That story was rejected by 42 journals, over a span of two years, before it was accepted by Witness. So take heart, writers! A rejection doesn’t necessarily mean the story isn’t “good”; it could just mean the subject matter / style / mood / length etc. wasn’t right for that editor at that time.
The book received very kind endorsements from two writers whose work I greatly admired: Marge Piercy, who was a total stranger to me at the time, and Katherine Vaz, a friend of a friend. I can’t begin to say how grateful I am to them.