Sarasota Magazine‘s Cooper Levey-Baker (and good friend of mine) wrote about Mistakes by the Lake in What We’re Reading Right Now: “Petkash’s tales are often grim, but humor worms its way in, as well, tying together stories of loss and longing from many different epochs. Recommended for dedicated Clevelanders, the Cuyahoga-curious or just anyone who enjoys sharp prose.”
“The stories [in Mistakes by the Lake] offer a glimpse of lives that we didn’t notice, or that we saw but chose to look away from…. [Petkash’s] compassion comes through in his sparkling prose and riveting imagery. You know that for once these people are seen.” —Jen McConnell, The Main Street Rag
“At times I needed to set the book aside until I felt strong enough to pick it back up again. And I did want to pick it back up as the book is compelling.” —Jennie Reads (Book Blogger)
“There’s loads of history in this cleverly written collection.” —Lori’s Book Loft (Book Blogger)
“A very beautiful and authentic collection of stories.” —Moonflower (Book Blogger)
“With a gorgeous cover, this book is for you if you can bear wonderfully written, sad stories.” —book.amour (Book Blogger)
As a finalist for The Novella Award, Mistakes by the Lake garnered this review from Vulpes Libris.
Finalist: Southeast Missouri State University’s 2018 Nilsen Prize (Mistakes by the Lake [Collection])