“Cass navigates suburban stasis in a way that feels new and deeply lived in; the brightest stories in this collection interrogate privilege and systems of power…Sports becomes a lens to refract American culture and instuitional exclusions–of the fat, of the poor, of the non-conforming. In ActivAmerica, games have consequences that are all too real.”
–Katy Cesarottie, Mid-American Review
ActivAmerica is filled with stories like this, character sketches that take place in fantastic worlds, be they filled with mutants, ghosts, orphans, or divorcées, anyone on the fringe who has to overcome an extra pile of shit because they feel just a bit different. It’s a terribly fun collection to read, the scope of Cass’s imagination and heart both seemingly limitless.
–Michael Czyzniejewski, Story366
“How do you be the best version of yourself if you can’t even recognize what you’ve become? ActivAmerica is, above all else, a book about achievement where achievement is not expected or allowed. Even the title story itself is all exercise and health insurance, two harsh competitions with oneself projected into the world—or vice versa.”
–Ryan Werner, Heavy Feather Review.
“Throughout these original and deftly crafted tales, however, athletic risk also comes with unexpected, often unsettling results. Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize In Short Fiction, Meagan Cass exhibits a natural flair for thoroughly entertaining her readers while subtly lacing underlying messages that are both reflective and thought-provoking. “–Midwest Book Review
These characters become human in their desire to be loved and valued, and their flawed assumption that they’ll get there if only they’re healthier or better at a game only makes them more endearing.”–Peter Biello, Necessary Fiction
“Writing short stories is a skill; every word has to count. Cass does that beautifully with her lyrical writing. There is a definite sports related theme in each story but you don’t have to know or even enjoy sports to read them. A touch of mythology, sci-fi and supernatural adds to each story’s unique voice and structure.”
–Meera Klein, New York Journal of Books
–Interview with the Prism Review.
Range of Motion
Some kind words on my story, “Calling All Soloflex Men,” from the Review Review.
Praise for my story “The Night Game” in Newpages.com.
Some nice words from Sean Lovelace on “Egg Toss.”