HENRY STREET REVIEW OF ONE ROOM IN A CASTLE
Connelly’s lush, colourful prose and distinctive voice are consistent from the first to the final pages . . . poet meets storyteller, the writing loose and supple as she rushes breathless through a tumble of moments or stretches a single one like taffy between her fingers until it is taut, transparent . . . One Room in a Castle is, above all, a celebration. At a time when the end of the century, the millennium, is upon us; when the state of human society and the health of the planet have reached new lows; when we are sick and fearful and the old gods have fled--here is someone who is still and everywhere dazzled by the simple wonder of being alive . . . perhaps Connelly, in particular, is an antidote to the age, gleaning bright days for us in what she herself call “our own era of failure and violent upheaval”.
- Henry Street, 5.2, Fall 1995