PositiveThe Boston GlobeWhat follows is a cross-country adventure through the wrecked landscape of a wounded country, and van den Berg deftly parallels these tortured wanderings with flashbacks to Joy’s hard upbringing ... Throughout Find Me, we see Joy tossed about like a leaf on the wind, helpless as others exert their power over her and unable to find her own. On the road, the buses she hops seem to move about capriciously, and in her flashbacks, we see her assaulted by her fellow orphans or outright violated by an older foster sibling, a troubled psychologist who subjects her to odd tests that are the product of his own disordered thinking ... In Find Me, van den Berg depicts a life slowly coming into focus — it’s blurry and impressionistic at times, sometimes deliriously scattered. But out of the fog of memory and the haze of drugs emerges a sense of clarity that’s deep and moving and real.
RaveThe MillionsKumarasamy makes Nalini the heart of the book with two beautifully vivid stories ... Kumarasamy’s writing is lush and evocative, capable of wresting beauty from sadness and finding slivers of hope amidst great tragedy ... Though the stories in Half Gods are rooted in a conflict that began decades ago and on the other side of the world, many of its themes are startlingly relevant to our current situation in the U.S. ... Akil Kumarasamy has written a book for our time and our place, showing us that others have been down this road before and warning us where we might end up if we aren’t vigilant.
Adam Ehrlich Sachs
RaveThe Boston Globe[a] charming and witty collection of stories ... What distinguishes these stories from one another, and where Sachs makes them truly shine, is in the details ... Sachs has a finely tuned sense of humor and an economical writing style that gives each story plenty of punch. And the brevity of each story makes this a great book to simply flip open on a whim for a quick read. He’s made sure that Inherited Disorders is crammed full of smart turns of phrase, clever twists of logic, and plenty of laughs.
Umberto Eco, Trans. by Richard Dixon
PanThe Boston Globe“Though this complex, wheels-within-wheels plotting is classic Eco, Numero Zero stands apart from the rest of his oeuvre in a few ways. For one, it is relatively short—less than 200 pages. And it lacks much of the rich, colorful writing of his previous novels, instead opting for long stretches of expository dialogue in which characters lecture one another on Italy’s complex political history.”