PositiveBooklist... [Kendzior] deftly dissects the tangled truths behind the conspiracies that intertwine American and international politics, business, and criminality with a style reminiscent of Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill (2019) or Bob Woodward’s recent books. The author delineates concrete political and criminal conspiracies from those conspiracy theories that are quickly becoming ubiquitous to American society. She posits that true criminal and political machinations and their conspiracy-theory counterparts are detrimental to a diverse American public. Challenging the power structures that allow individuals of various political affiliations to commit crimes against other citizens, Kendzior details current events to support the assertion that both the actions and the inactions of U.S. leaders have created an unstable and unsustainable country. Kendzior’s compelling and urgent prose will speak to readers who are working to make sense of the current political and social landscapes.
RaveBooklist... an imaginatively tender and uncannily exact tale of life on the internet ... While the world of New York City twentysomethings is a well-trod premise, The Mutual Friend is vast in scope, startling in its precise capture of the reality of intertwined digital lives, and satisfies its ambition with an unexpected humanity and vulnerability. The reader is regaled with many humorous yet believable twenty-first-century scenarios like searching for romance on dating apps, navigating the world of \'tech bros,\' or walking into a pole owing to too much focus on a smartphone, all described with palpable tenderness and introspection. The semiomniscient narrator details vignettes that range from warm and charming moments between friends to jarringly accurate depictions of life online. Bays explores millennialism through a lens that is equal parts realistic and larger than life, deftly parsing through the many ways our digital lives create ripples through our real ones.
RaveBooklistA pointed, punchy, and potent thriller for adults ... The Change is wry and clever, serious and exacting, and masterfully suspenseful in its conveyance of a deeply profound and feminist message.