From Midwest Book Review: Clearly author Mathieu Cailler is a master of the short story format and Loss Angeles is a superbly crafted volume of truly memorable stories.
From Pacific Book Review: There is a Runyonesque quality to Loss Angeles. Each story exists individually within its own universe, yet there’s an overall impression that any of them could walk down the street and run into someone else. It’s all Los Angeles, after all, and it’s somehow more compelling to think that these things are happening all at once. If you haven’t read a short story since high school, start here. Cailler’s characters are relatable, his stories engaging, and you’ll continuously find yourself excited to see what happens in the next story. If you have read a short story since high school, read this one. You won’t regret it.
Whatever the subject, however common the predicaments are, Cailler helps us see and hear flesh-and-blood people with a calm, clear-eyed sureness so that we accept the usually tender, sometimes surprising, always satisfying endings as natural, even beautiful. —Easy Reader, Ron Arias
Cailler is an author who writes rich stories. —Serious Reading
Loss Angeles by Mathieu Cailler is an interesting collection of short stories… There are fifteen stories, which look at the private lives of a diverse cast of characters, with diverse challenges, violence, tragedy, grief, loss, conflict, compassion, empathy and love. REALITY, people; flaws and all! The author shows us all that life is complex, can be difficult, has hardships, challenges, and that we all need compassion and empathy. Very compelling. A treasure to be sure! —Book Addiction
Loss Angeles doesn’t focus on the bright lights of Tinseltown, but rather on the quiet day-to-day pain of marginalized people paralyzed by loss, poor choices, obsessions, and love. These subtle, beautifully wrought, and richly realized stories showcase Cailler as an intrepid fiction writer who is always compassionate to his characters and their moral quandaries.
—Laurie Alberts, author of The Price of Land in Shelby
Mathieu Cailler’s Loss Angeles is as vast and capacious in its human reckonings as the city it is named after, or re-named so movingly here in this extraordinary collection: in story after story Cailler demonstrates a remarkable range of characters who have lost almost everything only to find themselves somehow sustained by the most delicate, poignant, and tenuous of human threads. A remarkable—and remarkably moving—debut.
—Robert Vivian, author of The Tall Grass Trilogy and The Least Cricket of Evening
In Loss Angeles Mathieu Cailler looks upon humanity’s foibles with a tender mercy and conveys what he sees in sentences that sing with simplicity and clarity. Every story in the collection reveals a devastating beauty that, page after page, held me mesmerized. Cailler is indeed a writer to be admired and read for years to come.
—Sophfronia Scott, author of All I Need to Get By.
—Kali VanBaale, author of The Space Between
A book’s title is often where you find its theme, and that can certainly be said for Loss Angeles. Los Angeles attracts the hopeful with the promise of an extraordinary life. Loss Angeles brings us the stories of ordinary life, united through the common thread of loss. I loved that I could pick this book up whenever the mood struck and inhabit the skin of another person and feel not so alone in my trials. Mathieu Cailler is a master at seeing the world through the eyes of another, each protagonist flesh and bone whether that be a teen girl, uncomfortable at a party, or a divorced dad, trying to keep his rank in his son’s life. As I flip through the book, I think, “Oh, that’s my favorite. No, that’s my favorite. No, no, that one.” The honest truth is that this is a superb, solid collection.. But if I had to pick, it would be “Graveyard Shift.” Because the world can change in a heartbeat. It can cave in on you. But it can also open up again.. Sometimes we need the reminder.