"He's a raconteur."
Maine Public Radio
"Tough Island is a darkly humorous and unvarnished snapshot of the island and its inhabitants. It's also a portrait of an author as a young man, searching for an identity and a way to turn himself into a writer."
"Crash Barry has Stephen King's knack for dialogue and Carolyn Chute's ability to lodge grit under your fingernails in just a few sentences, but he writes in a voice that's solely his own. This is the kind of storytelling that can only come from having been there."
"If you want a romantic memoir about life on a Maine island, you won’t find it here. Instead, you’ll get a striking account of often bitter realty of a sort no longer a common part of the American story. And why, therefore, Tough Island is such a gift."
Commercial Fishing News
"Tough Island will either have you intrigued enough by island life to delve deeper or turning up your collar and thanking your lucky stars that you've never had to test yourself with the experience."
"Novelist Crash Barry spirits you away on a reckless, drug-fueled, decidedly un-magical mystery tour of the easternmost county in the United States, a place of great scenic beauty paired with crushing economic hardship. Washington County is like no place else, and Barry nails it like no other writer...It's as though he has invented a new micro-genre: fictional anthropology."
"Unvarnished, sometimes tragic, often funny...not for the faint of heart, but anyone curious about Maine's dark side would do well to give it a read."
“Crash Barry is a gatecrasher. He's the guy at the party who somehow gets past the bouncer, steals the limelight, and surprises everyone by winning hearts and souls with tales of adventure and daring. Which is precisely what he's done here...Some writers are stylists. Some are philosophers. Some are story tellers. Crash Barry is a story teller. And a good one.”
"Fast-moving, profane and engaging, writer Crash Barry's quirky new novel Sex, Drugs & Blueberries describes a dodgier side of life Down East."