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/ The Latest, Most Interesting Reviews of Riverhead Books, from the Mainstream Media

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The New York Times calls A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James a "monumental new novel"

"It’s like a Tarantino remake of “The Harder They Come” but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja. It’s epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex. It’s also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting — a testament to Mr. James’s vaulting ambition and prodigious talent." Read the full review here.

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Emma Straub's THE VACATIONERS in the Washington Post

"In these pages — so funny, so wise and, yes, even so sweet — she’s created the best feel-good story of the summer.” Read more.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vanity Fair raves about YOUR FACE IN MINE

“Jess Row sees the future in Your Face in Mine," says Elissa Schappel in Vanity Fair's August "Hot Type" column. She calls it "a provocative and exhilaratingly bold examination of race in America."

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Monday, May 05, 2014

The Washington Post loves Noah Strycker's "vibrant" THE THING WITH FEATHERS

"Strycker has a keen eye for what is most interesting about each species, and he presents each bird story with tight language, humor and even an occasional splash of self-consciousness.... [A] lively and vibrant book. Bird journalism of the highest order. Bird journalism that crackles." Read more here.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rave People Magazine Review of THERE GOES GRAVITY

Lisa Robinson's There Goes Gravity garnered a full-page, 4 star review in People magazine. Reviewer Judith Newman raved: "A little history, a little criticism, and a ton of gossip: That's the recipe for Robinson's compulsively readable chronicle of her years as one of America's preeminent rock journalists." 

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Leah Hager Cohen's No Book But the World Debuts to a Rave 4-Star People Review

Only just on sale, and already No Book But the World is garnering rave reviews. People says in a 4-star review: "Cohen demonstrates a masterful talent, creating richly drawn characters and settings and supplying a satisfyingly shocking yet believable denouement."

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Friday, February 28, 2014

The Miami Herald says The Swan Gondola is "one of the best novels you'll read all year"

In a rave review, The Miami Herald declares that The Swan Gondola is "one of the best novels you'll read all year," saying "At times gently funny, at times melodramatic, The Swan Gondola sweeps readers up into its considerable charms and does not relinquish them until the final paragraph."

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The New York Times Book Review is wild about On Such a Full Sea

In a rave, front-page review of On Such a Full Sea, The New York Times Book Review declares: “Watching a talented writer take a risk is one of the pleasures of devoted reading, and On Such a Full Sea provides all that and more. . . . Lee has always been preoccupied by the themes of hope and betrayal, by the tensions that arise in small lives in the midst of great social change. His marvelous new book, which imagines a future after the breakdown of our own society takes on those concerns with his customary mastery of quiet detail—and a touch of the fantastic. . . . With On Such a Full Sea, he has found a new way to explore his old preoccupation: ther oft-told tale of the desperate, betraying, lonely human heart.”

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Raves pour in for Chang-rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea

The critics are piling on the praise for Chang-rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea calling it "haunting" (O, the Oprah Magazine) and "riveting" (More), prompting one critic to ask, "Who is a greater novelist than Chang-rae Lee today?" (The Los Angeles Times)

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Monday, November 04, 2013

Boston Globe full of praise for VANISHED

Wil Hylton's Vanished received an excellent review in The Boston Globe, which declared: "Vanished...marries an almost cinematically well-paced narrative with a deep sensitivity to the people whose lives it tells." Read the full review here.
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