"Birdsell makes excellent use of rambling inner monologue to unearth her characters' motives... a surprisingly nuanced study of a man who never manages to find a place to fit in."
-Quill & Quire (starred review)
"...superb...Waiting for Joe stirs us to wonder who is waiting for us to change, move on, or come home to a spiritual rest. Though close to the world of Flannery O'Connor, it is in its own special universe, the Birdsell landscape of the human heart."
-Winnipeg Free Press
"Sandra Birdsell has written a quiet but deep -- sometimes overwhelming -- exploration of life's disappointments, and its prospects."
-The Star Phoenix
"Waiting for Joe is a deeply moving novel about family, love, loss and 'enough.' And what is enough for Laurie turns out to be quite different from what's enough for Joe. Birdsell draws their lives with vivid detail, suspense and sensitivity, creating a narrative that forces readers to keep turning the pages to find out how all the characters sort out their individual sense of 'enough.'"
"Sandra Birdsell's new novel left me dumbfounded at her skill at getting inside people."