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Out of the Garden

About Out of the Garden, Anais Nin wrote, "Nancy Shiffrin's work has been of the highest professional and artistic quality. ... She ... wrote an unusual novel about the emerging sexuality of a brother and sister in an almost archetypal nuclear family. The novel has a haunting, compelling quality, produced by ... hypnotic prose rhythms. Point of view in the novel moves from character to character in a masterful way, making this work one among several in the vanguard of what Sharon Spencer has called 'the archetectonic novel'. Nancy Shiffrin has proved herself to be a dedicated, committed, talented writer."