Poet and novelist Victoria Redel's new queer-inclusive Make Me Do Things was just named by Reader's Digest as one of "six great books to read (that you might have missed)" saying, "These eleven brilliant stories are about marriage, divorce, and parenthood. Redel, who is also an award-winning poet, makes everyday topics shimmer." Pulitzer winner William Kennedy said these stories "zing along with great fluency and wit, unexpected time leaps, and oblique understatement, generating relentless surprise . . . Victoria Redel is a wonderfully talented writer whose work has the fascination of what is original." A starred Kirkus review praised her "wit and great understanding of the vagaries of adult relationships."
Redel's 2002 novel Loverboy became a 2006 movie directed by Kevin Bacon in which he appeared with Kyra Sedgwick, Campbell Scott, Oliver Platt, Marisa Tomei, Matt Dillion, and Sandra Bullock. Redel's other fiction is The Border of Truth and Where The Road Bottoms Outand her volumes of poetry are Woman Without Umbrella and Swoon and Already the World.