The New York Times Book Review says
"Just as Anya reinvents herself, Waclawiak's novel (her first) reinvents the immigration story...At its most illuminating, How to Get Into the Twin Palms movingly portrays a protagonist intent on both creating and destroying herself, on burning brightly even as she goes up in smoke."
And Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, calls it
"A taut debut... [that] strikes with the creeping suddenness of a brush fire."
Monologue topics: the dentist, cavities, flossing, contagions, demoralization, wheat, paranoia.