"A narrative with a weighty sensuality that carries the reader forward in a kind of drunken, dreamlike state." - The New York Times (23 June 1996)
“Badlands is a very strong, very intelligent and very intriguing novel.” - Joyce Carol Oates
"Badlands is an extraordinary book. Its imagery makes one think of William Blake. Better than a novel, it reads like a fierce poem." - Louis Malle
“In Badlands, Melinda Camber Porter has focused her English intelligence on America and rendered it as an uneasy dream of sex and death and abandonment, a mirage with the power of possession.” -- Joan Didion
"Badlands is an achievement." - Peter Matthiessen
"A deeply affecting story of revelation and its repercussions." - Booklist (15 March, 1996)
"More than an extraordinary love story, Badlands delves beneath the surface of contemporary America to illuminate the deep-seated dreams of its people - native, newcomer, and immigrant. - Publishers Group West
"Badlands is a rich slow, challenging read, with scenes of disturbing sexuality juxtaposed with scenes of lyrical beauty. A story not for everyone, but for those who wish to flex their reading muscles while plunging into the most beautiful, most terrible part of America, highly recommended." - Elana Clark, PhD, Wake Forest University
Kirkus Reviews 1 February, 1996.
Post and Courier 4 August, 1996.
Publisher's Weekly 11 March, 1996.
Rocky Mountain News 21 April, 1996.
Post-Bulletin [Rochester MN]: 7 September, 1996.