PositiveThe Denver PostMary Foxe is Mr. Fox’s critic-cum-muse, here a real character, there a ghost. In some chapters she is flesh and blood, in others only a shadow. In every one she taunts him. Is she real? Don’t ask Mr. Fox (his grip on reality is tenuous at best) … The stories take imaginative, sometimes jarring tangents, and it’s easy to wonder whether every detour drives the main story forward, but this may be part of Oyeyemi’s conceit: No matter how fanciful the stories we create to explain the world may be, the reality of the world is infinitely more unpredictable and bizarre, and we like it that way.
PositiveThe Denver PostThe details of the trip and the boat recall an appealing if anarchic 20th-century subgenre, the colonial and post-colonial travelogue (Harold Nicolson’s Journey to Java is one), offering a window into a long-gone mode of semi-civilized transport that was at once comfortable and discomforting … The Cat’s Table, a reference to the dining area for those low-profile passengers who never make it to the captain’s table, is a sensitive boy’s story told by a sensitive, confident storyteller.
RaveThe Denver PostHer second full-length book, the impossibly clever character study-cum-escape fantasy Where’d You Go Bernadette is a gas ... Semple gleefully and skillfully skewers tony private-school PTAs, Seattle’s self-righteous eco-culture, helicopter parenting, software gurus and architecture fetishism — all ripe for skillful skewering — while maintaining a refreshing snarklessness that’s been woefully missing from so much contemporary comic writing today ...Supporting characters steal scenes with aplomb ... the story of Bernadette’s apparent descent (ascent?) into eccentricity and subsequent disappearance is narrated by Bee ...outrageously funny and deceptively deep, is a rewarding read.