"Earlier in the novel, Janey has been tantalized by an idea that keeps eluding her: 'It is something about the entire basis of domestic life, about what it really feels like, from top to bottom, to be a wife and mother... but it will alwasy elude you... I cannot hold it in my head for long enough to trap it, envelop it in language.' Yet this is precisely what Sorensen has done, and not a note rings false. "
"Scattered Bones has the fine drive of fiction pushing out of the documented history we're coming to know all too well. "
"Silverthorne’s engaging writing brings a real, mostly unknown part of history to life. Despite a large cast of characters, the author paints dynamic portraits of many personalities. It is also encouraging to see such a strong piece of historical fiction told from the point of view of women and girls."
"It’s hard for me to decide which is the stronger foundation for the story, the characters or the plot, as both are substantial and intricate."
"'We have to validate the darkness within each other in order to try and move ahead. By listening to another person’s story we're validating their existence, their hurt and their pain[...] Readers need to know what is being triggered, and examine what is being triggered, and if they find some good, to use that goodness to heal.'"
"With all the positive affirmations about body image and awareness campaigns about eating disorders and mental illness, Small Displays of Chaos is still a timely and relevant story that needs to be told and heeded."