The Source of Trouble introduces the work of a new writer whose distinctive voice and storytelling prowess are those of a writer is full command of her abilities. Although she devotes most of her energy to creating the wry women whose half-funny, half-desperate voices dominate this book, Monroe’s most appealing characters are probably the ardent, put-upon men who are devoted to those women. The sympathy with which she writes about men endows these stories with a richness lacking in the work of most of the writers who take as their subject the vagaries of the human heart.
—Douglas Seibold, Chicago Tribune
It seems as though the characters in these stories live the lyrics of country-and-western songs. They’ve all got trouble, and that usually means love trouble. They live in towns so small and so destitute of possibilities that they must either pair off hopelessly an early age or wait, dreaming for the arrival of a passing stranger. Regret seems to be all that lies in store for them. Yet the author turns her characters of limited means and even more limited prospects into a source of inspiration. She writes with a humor, pathos, and honesty to match their own.
—Amanda Heller, The Boston Globe
Strong stories full of lively characters.
—W.P. Kinsella, The Vancouver Sun
Monroe has a bright, quirky, almost telegraphic style.
—Feminist Bookstore News
Debra Monroe writes with biting honesty and clarity of vision. These stories are earthy without being mundane, full of wry humor.
—Charlotte, North Carolina Observer