Gloria Frym brings satire and sympathy to this earnest world ... with her poet's eye for detail, Frym gives her stories just the right point on which to pivot. Frym can also stretch an allusion for comic effect ... she is at her best describing the subtle chaffing of social boundaries.
San Francisco Chronicle
Frym addresse[s] the world's problems with bemused critique, at once linguistically swerving and point-blank; if David Sedaris were a symbolist with a lyrical sensibility, he might write something like Frym's Patriot.
Jonathan Lethem likens Frym's vision to Grace Paley, who plays similar themes, and that comparison is just. Like Paley's urbanites, some of Frym's people suffer trivial, modest, and catastrophic failures fueled by their idealism and hope. Their projections intersect with their capabilities and provide the comedy and tragedy for their lives. [Her work] radiate[s] a clarity about what has become this culture's constant predicament with maintaining a human face and human intimacy. The injustice and terror around Frym's characters injures, intimidates, and baffles, but there are curiosities and victories and joys, too-her people have the courage to be in the world.