He Goes, She Goes
A novel published by Crown in December 2001
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Acclaim for He Goes, She Goes
"Those who enjoyed Hungry, Torrey's 1998 collection of stories, will be pleased to discover that she is just as skilled a novelist as a short story writer...Alice's self-deprecating black humor and earnest exploration of her troubled life make her a spunky heroine. Her conflicting feelings about relationships (with others and herself) will resound with readers who have lost a loved one. With surefooted writing and sensitive characterization, Torrey choreographs a graceful, heartfelt drama."
- Publishers Weekly
"Joanna Torrey takes a formulaic plot device, the death of an emotionally distant parent, and takes it for a spin...the darkly comic story is secondary to the portrait of Alice herself. Torrey gives her a voice that is often bluntly hilarious and peppers the book with trenchant one-liners. Forget the metaphorical salsa moves. Alice survives - and the book succeeds - because of the power of so many old-fashioned punch lines."
- The New York Times Book Review
"Joanna Torrey's He Goes, She Goes opens with a starkly poignant deathbed scene, then recounts the eye-opening subsequent experiences of Alice, who finds herself voyaging, with her sister and their mother, into a world of unexpected romance, sensual abandon, and new family alliances."
- Elle recommends...
"Torrey writes of emotions stripped bare with a prose that effectively tells a story while leaving readers plenty of room to embellish with their own experiences."
- Library Journal
"Torrey's writing is as smooth as a mambo as she navigates the geography of loss and love, wine and sex, men and women, and, of course, dance."
- The Providence Journal, Ann Hood, author of Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine and Ruby
"With a careful attention to sensual detail, and an ear for the nuanced language loved ones use to engage and avoid one another, Joanna Torrey is wonderfully alert to the complex rhythms of loss and longing. He Goes, She Goes is a distinctive, compelling novel, told in a melancholy voice lightened by moments of lovely dry humor."
- Sylvia Brownrigg, author of Pages for You and The Metaphysical Touch
"Joanna Torrey has written a poignant story of loss and redemption through dance. It is a story of the limitations of love and family and how we are able to go on after we have been disappointed, tamped down. How in a sense we are able to dance again, one step at a time. In her witty, gentle way Torrey have given us a novel of hope."
- Mary Morris, author of Acts of God
"Joanna Torrey executes the complex dance of sisterhood in surprising ways. Her quiet, sensuous prose is a pleasure, her observant eye wonderfully startling."
- Rilla Askew, author of Fire in Beulah and The Mercy Seat