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PANK “The familiarity at the core of Caleb Michael Sarvis’ weirdness is that he peels away the layers of normal to expose the raw, beating heart beneath, the heart as difficult to know as to tame.”

Kenyon Review “Both the real and the unreal crash into Sarvis’s narrators, leaving behind a sense that the hallucinogenic and the realistic are both capable of bearing significance, impact, and deep worthiness of being read.”

Fiction Writer’s Review  “Throughout, Sarvis toys with the strange in order to tap into feelings that make for memorable tales.”

The Lit Pub “When I think about happiness, and this idea of joy, it seems really static. Writing for me is that pursuit of happiness, and to pursue something means you don’t have it yet.”

Heavy Feather Review “While reading, I was struck by this collection’s playful negativity. So many of Dead Aquarium’s characters are lost and aimless. But rather than wallowing, they’re out having fun with their own despair.”

Compulsive Reader  “Unlike the fetid and static water evoked by its title, the writing in Dead Aquarium is amazingly fluid and lucid;”

Darlyn Finch Kuhn “Sarvis is the kind of wordsmith that causes me to nudge my husband, snoozing in the next deck chair, to say, ‘Listen to this….'”

The Florida Book Review Sarvis describes these separations in a deadpan, sometimes ludicrous tone that manages to keep the reader amused instead of depressed.

Deborah Kalb “I’m used to parental figures fading in and out (whether that be parents, step-parents, coaches, writing mentors) and existing in chapters …”

12 or 20 Questions “Sometimes I get a little curious about structure or form. I’m obsessed with what’s real versus what’s not, and whether that really matters in the first place …”