RaveThe New York Times Book ReviewThe stories in Millhauser’s spellbinding collection Voices in the Night are anchored by dark human yearnings — for perfection, or excitement, or some ungraspable form of fulfillment. These yearnings have a combustible quality, threatening to consume the towns and minds where a pervasive sense of unease provides the tinder ... Just when you think you recognize a myth, a character, a voice — the familiar tacks toward the strange and unexpected ... In Voices in the Night, Millhauser gives us worlds upon worlds — wistful and warped, comic and chilling — that by story’s end, feel as intimate as our own reflections.
RaveThe New York Times Book ReviewWisely, Kumarasamy takes a muted approach to the violence ... Rather than describing their sense of futility, Kumarasamy folds the emotion into an image ... Most of these stories are defined by contemplation rather than plot ... It’s hard not to want a front seat to that delicious bit of drama; instead Kumarasamy bears testament to the laborers who have been left behind ... The prose itself is a marvel because of Kumarasamy’s attention to ugliness ... Such intimate gestures arrive like shafts of light throughout this lyrical and affecting collection, sparing us briefly from the dark.