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Starling Days

Complex and resonant.


Privilege
Kirkus Reviews : Privilege (March 13, 2020)

A timely and resonant novel.


The Gimmicks

The Gimmicks impressively characterizes the enduring nature of Armenian contradictions in which “everything you’ve heard is true, everything you’ve heard is false.”


A Beautiful Crime
Bookreporter : A Beautiful Crime (February 01, 2020)

The setting is marvelous. Venice isn’t just a scenic background for the action of A Beautiful Crime. Its capricious tides and twisty, deceptive geography seem to mirror the characters’ secrets and intrigues.


The Gimmicks

The result is engrossing, but McCormick doesn't quite get the ratio right. Fewer gimmicks, ultimately, would have served The Gimmicks well.


Little Gods
Publishers Weekly : Little Gods (January 14, 2020)

This is a beautiful, intensely moving debut.


Africaville

This is a penetrating, fresh look at the indomitable spirit of black pioneers and their descendants.


Nothing to See Here

It's the sweetness of this novel that will melt you, even when it ventures dangerously close to flaming schmaltz, and despite its somewhat predictable (but still satisfying) ending.


The Divers' Game

If dystopian stories serve as thought experiments, the best ones also function as heart experiments. And with The Divers' Game, Jesse Ball has unsettlingly accomplished both.


Triangulum

Magnificently disorienting and meticulously constructed, Triangulum couples an urgent subtext with an unceasing sense of mystery. This is a thought-provoking dream of a novel, situated within thought-provoking contexts both fictional and historical.


The Divers' Game

The novel’s depiction of life in this dystopian world is eerie and suffused with symbolic weight.


The Divers' Game

Readers who appreciate Ball’s keen, melancholic, and often sadly satirical view of human society will likely appreciate this timely assessment of where division might take us and how it affects the generations that come after us.


America Was Hard to Find

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


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.