We took to Goodreads to find out….
Mike says: “I found myself, after a short while, utterly enthralled. The long novel had a propulsive energy and wit, and I cared deeply about the characters (even those most destructive). I found a bleak but compassionate humor in the catalogue of misfortunes, and a growing joy as Harold found his way through each trial. The final fifty or so pages move toward a more complete redemptive energy, and my enthusiasm dampened just slightly–perhaps because I wanted the novel to carry on, and on, and on…”
Elliott said: “Does any contemporary American writer rival Homes’s mad-cap imagination and surreal wit? I’ve long been a fan–I teach some of her short stories–and this novel has so much to recommend it. Its messy exuberance tells a story of identity, betrayal and redemption. A bizarre and moving look at the 21st-century American family.”
Mike Carey said: “The great American novel is a referent that a lot of reviewers are using, but to me it felt more as thought Homes was trying to write a modern Candide. And maybe she even succeeded, but at the cost of turning her characters into abstract counters and their precarious survival and bonding into a schema. I wanted it to be more than that.”