"The state has found a voice, sometimes sweet, often acerbic, laced with the rue only a smart native son can bring to bear..."
San Francisco Chronicle
"He has created a tradition from scratch..."
Los Angeles Times
"He writes with compassion, understanding and an ear for the many voices of the region.... He writes with tolerance about intolerance, with a sense of justice about injustice, and with humor that doesn't stoop to condescension."
"[Haslam] is the quintessential California writer,"
"Haslam has modes of talk down with precise variations of rhythm, dialect and accent...he entertains, but punches hard too."
Small Press Review
"Gerald Haslam's novel Masks is a work that extends Mark Twain's and John Steinbeck's line directly."
"Haslam's essays touch on universal themes, but he stays rooted to the specific, and has a deft touch."
The Bloomsbury Review
"Country music set to prose."
"The writer's writer."
Long Beach Press