RaveThe New York Times Book Review...capitivating ... [an] intimate, fluid debut ... The beauty of The Devoted lies in its intricate descriptions of religion’s hush and ritual ... One breathes deeper reading these passages, in all their tender generosity — but we’re not allowed to linger. Hurley’s quick to remind us of religion’s ugliest traits, too: its intolerance, partition and patriarchy ... Hurley balances the heavy plot points, allowing them to converse rather than overcomplicate. Ultimately this is a novel as tender and fervent as a prayer.
RaveThe New York Times Book Review...captivating ... impassioned is Aaron Thier’s wonderfully zany new novel, The World Is a Narrow Bridge ... told in ambitious floating paragraphs that cover an absurdist range of subject matter, including neutrinos, Matt Damon, rain shadows and the systematic genocide of indigenous peoples ... The humor is essential here ... While the novel sags in moments of tangential exposition, its prose is powerful, filled with dread and compassion — a welcome surrealist take on Alexis de Tocqueville.