In Beth Mead’s stories, as in our own, human relationships are conditional, negotiable, and so knotty we can’t tell whether we are fooling ourselves or being fooled. The characters in Dancing Madly are learning to limit their hopes and expectations. This lesson terrorizes some and hardens or saddens others. Still others emerge as from a chrysalis. —Catherine Rankovic, author of Meet Me: Writers in St. Louis
Mead, Beth, "Dancing Madly" (2019). Faculty Scholarship. 449.