“. . . an intelligent page-turning mystery combined with a good dollop of well-told history . . .”
“Ms. Joyce is blessed with a sharp eye for detail . . . she carefully unfolds Harold’s inner journey as his hardened emotional shell begins to crack.”
“Surely there will be other and better works from Ms. Bergman in the future, when her author’s eye is attracted to wider fields of vision.
“Ms. Ivey’s debut novel is a triumph—a splendid retelling of a familiar tale that glows with the intensity of the northern lights and generates its own magic.
“Ms. Pinneo shouldn’t give up.
“Grief never ceases to transform.”
“How the Mistakes Were Made is a fiercely affectionate rendering of that period right before the general public was hungry for the Nirvanas and the Pearl Jams—but hadn’t yet heard
“Toward the end of the novel there is a gutsy shift in narrative tone that lends the ending a sense of closure.
“Coriander, curry, Chinese brothels, drug dens, butchers’ remnants, and brewery smells, tropical heat and Caribbean costume makes this a multicultural city in the west of a dystopian Irelan
“. . . don’t be put off by the magic and sorcery. If you like noir and hard-boiled mysteries, you might want to give Low Town a chance.
“. . . a plot-driven novel conveyed in crisp, descriptive, and thought-provoking prose via an engagingly intelligent third-person narrator. . . . an auspicious debut.”