Everything Rustles is about seeing beauty in the world, getting along with your husband, even when he refuses to argue back, trying not to say “fuck” in front of your kids when they’re little . . . It’s about trying to get by as well as you can in a world that sometimes seems so crazy you want to scream. By Heidi Greco. Keep reading.
Detroit Books Examiner
It is a refreshing adventure to open a collection of essays that are exactly that: beautiful bursts of curiosity. — By Lori A. May.Keep reading.
Pickle Me This
Everything Rustles is a high-literary version of Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck. These are essays that require close attention, which twist and turn away from where you think they’ll go. Not easy reading, but reading that is rich and rewarding. These stories of what Jane Silcott thinks about things deliver a vivid perspective of the world and life itself, and they’re a celebration of strength, wonder and learning. By Kerry Clare. Keep reading.
The Winnipeg Review
Moving from cityscape to wilderness, from the vastness of a starry night sky to the confines of a cave, from standard-length essays to one that is a mere page, Everything Rustles intrigues and inspires. By Jess Woolford,Keep reading.
Vancouver Sun "BC Books Shine in April"
Rhona McAdam, author of Ex-Ville: I’d highly recommend Everything Rustles by Jane Silcott. It’s a cumulative memoir of a certain age; wry, intelligent and very human in its prowl through the meaning of the middle years. Satisfying essays that can be dipped into as required, an ideal companion for rainy spring days. Rhona McAdam, author of Ex-Ville.
Silcott has a strong voice, and like Didion’s it is one that draws the reader in, page after page. In Everything Rustles, the Vancouver-based author examines that slow onset of fears, which are increasingly more pronounced as we age. This collection of short essays is written in an eloquent, poetic and deeply personal manner. By Joanna Habdank
In Joan Didion’s essay “On Keeping a Notebook,” she writes “Remember what it was to be me: that is always the point.” Such simple words, but the personal essay is an intimate form, full of reflection and creative misremembering, or as Didion calls it, when note taking, “lies.” In Jane Silcott’s first collection of essays, Everything Rustles, the short memoir form thrives . . . With essays that come back to the idea of committed love, like the love between a mother and child, or a writer and language, or a middle-aged woman and her aging body, Silcott achieves Didion’s “point” of focussing on the self’s experience with eloquence and wit. By Taryn Hubbard, Keep reading.
Everything Rustles is an ethereal and contemplative collection. Silcott may be afraid, but she shines a flashlight into the corners to make sure we also see the joys that are hiding there in the dark. By Rebecca Higgins,