“The Hands That Feed”
Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories
Ed. JoSelle Vanderhooft
January 1, 2011


“There are brilliant new spins on old tropes [in this anthology], and some stories that twist expectations around quite sharply – Matt Kressel’s ‘The Hand That Feeds’, which seems to be building towards a romantic criminal escapade through a magical New York, changes tone in a sudden and shocking way that’s very well done. The same story is a particularly bright example of the diversity that is such a strength of the book, with an Indian and a Jewish woman taking centre stage. Jessica and Divya are both flawed and likeable, their defiance and decisions in the face of hardship thoroughly believable.” — Tori Truslow, Sabotage Reviews

“Matthew Kressel, in ‘The Hands that Feed’, brings us a solid little tale of a shopkeeper with hidden talents, and the seemingly innocent young woman she comes to love. Our two heroines are Jewish and Hindu, as well as separated by thirty years of age, which makes for quite the unusual pairing indeed.” — Anna the Piper, Ordinary Day Blog