Backslide: Finalist, Best Lesbian Dramatic Fiction.The Advocate
Charlotte Abbott, October, 2008:Threaded throughout Virge's struggle for self-confidence are vignettes from her 25-year high school reunion, where she encounters many former classmates. Some of these meetings are more emotionally satisfying than it might be reasonable to expect from real life, and some lose their punch amid lengthy flashbacks. But by the end of the novel we don't doubt Virge's hard-won self-acceptance, or that it came both because and in spite of her upbringing.Lambda Book Report
Andrea L.T. Peterson - March, 2009: Backslide, predicts Kathering Forrest, "will be a classic in our literature." And when it is, it will be because of the author's unique perspective on the considerably less unique journey of a rather typical (though lesbian) teenager, Virge. Appropriately titled Backslide, Stores hits on some of the main themes of contemporary religion: sins, redemption, hypocrisy and salvation.Just About Write
Lynne Pierce - October, 2008: This isn't a simple romance or mystery that lays out its plot in a linear fashion and just takes the reader along with it. Backslide is more like a jigsaw puzzle where pieces are put into different areas of the puzzle in random order and then they come together to create the whole picture. The lessons it teaches are about growth, forgiveness for past injuries, learning to accept people who are different from you, and that there are people who will not achieve any of these realizations.