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America Was Hard to Find

Uneven and at times frustratingly enigmatic but impressively ambitious and extremely well-written.


The Mother-in-Law

A mesmerizing domestic mystery.


Sea Monsters
The Modern Novel : Sea Monsters (January 14, 2019)

It is all about a young woman trying to find who she is and where she is going and what life holds for her.


Ghost Wall

Ghost Wall is a burnished gem of a book, brief and brilliant, and with it Moss’s star is firmly in the ascendant.


In Our Mad and Furious City

His novel is weirdly somnolent given how portentously it primes us for danger, for the burning of mosques and blood in the streets.


The Flight of the Maidens

Gardam’s ability to bring people so fully to life, in such vivid detail, never fails to delight. Such vivid people and dialogue — more than many of her books, I could imagine this as a film.


The Penalty Area

The Penalty Area is charming, and it’s easy to imagine it being a film. If you need a bookish boost, you can’t go wrong with this story.


The Hazards of Good Fortune

Overall, a smart, sharp-eyed, entertaining, engrossing story.


Black Prince

The Black Prince is anything but a grim read. It’s a stylistic pastiche that is far more than a tribute act – as though Roberts has dismantled the clockwork that made Burgess tick and reassembled it in a new form.


Slip of a Fish

The work is original, ambitious and challenging, submerging the reader in the strangeness of an anomalous mind, an aqueous medium where language is refracted into mazes of shifting meanings.


Everything Under

The result is an eerie melodrama in which the bloodshed seems more mimed than motivated – and which tosses, almost in passing, a grenade into debates over self-determination, luridly staging the supremacy of biological fact.


Severance

All of it adds up to a remarkable package, thought-provoking and compelling, as it ricochets between the familiar and the unexpected.


CoDex 1962
Kirkus Reviews : CoDex 1962 (September 11, 2018)

Though occasionally reminiscent of David Mitchell, Sjón’s work is unlike anything else in contemporary fiction. Strange—but stunning.


CoDex 1962

This wayward, exciting odyssey confronts death throughout. Nothing is quite what it seems, and there are no easy answers. Here, instead, is an artist preoccupied with questions.


Housegirl
Kirkus Reviews : Housegirl (September 07, 2018)

An intimate and resonant take on finding one’s place in the world even while being pulled in opposing directions.


Goodbye, Vitamin

The entire narrative is imbued with a sitcom gloss that ultimately numbs the reader to the emotional crises that Ruth faces.


The Shepherd's Hut

The Shepherd’s Hut is resplendent, too, with excellent descriptions of the outback and the struggles Jaxie must overcome just to eke out a living. The visceral images of hunting kangaroos and the desperation of thirst create a marvelous sense of realism that made me feel like I was native to a country I’ve never set foot in.


If You Leave Me
Bookreporter : If You Leave Me (August 11, 2018)

IF YOU LEAVE ME is a gorgeous, complex novel of home, identity, love and sacrifice.


Meet Me at the Museum

Meet Me at the Museum is a touching, hopeful story about figuring out what matters and mustering the courage to make necessary changes.