Reviews

  • "Editor's Choice: A gorgeous story about friendship, adventure and the importance of taking risks."

    Alice O'Keefe, Bookseller
  • "I fell in love with the unlikely friendship between two wildly different women, Enid Pretty and Margery Benson—their devotion to each other as they trek up and down mountains in someplace called New Caledonia is a hysterical delight. This novel made me realize how hungry I am for stories about women loving each other into being their best selves. Many thanks to Rachel Joyce for writing one."

    Ann Napolitano, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Edward
  • "A beautifully written, extraordinary quest in which two ordinary, overlooked women embark on an unlikely scientific expedition to the South Seas. A classic tale of gripping adventure and friendship, told from the subversive and often hilarious female view."

    Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
  • "Whatever you may look for in a novel—adventure, fully realized characters, humor, poignancy, a chance to learn something new—is all here in Miss Benson’s Beetle. What’s also here is the particular grace and humanity that Rachel Joyce brings to her work. She reminds us that we all are broken in one way or another, but that we are capable—oftentimes in unexpected ways—of helping to make ourselves and others whole. This beautifully written novel is an absolute delight."

    Elizabeth Berg, author of The Story of Arthur Truluv
  • "Any reader accompanying Rachel Joyce on this exhilarating expedition into the far reaches of the imagination is destined to be rewarded with the richest pleasure....An enthralling, amazing expedition into the mysteries of the human heart."

    David Park, Author of The Light of Amsterdam