Reviews

  • A beautiful study of familial need and mess, in which the universal and the particular play footsie with each other. Deft, artful, but above all insightful till it hurts, this is Khemiri’s best yet.

    Nikita Lalwani
  • A bold and remarkable novel - a marvel of form and imagination that is also miraculously full of heart and compassion.

    Dinaw Mengestu
  • Absent fathers, wayward children, generational strife and the sheer fatigue of new parenthood... Khemiri's prose has a zing and bite stylishly served by Alice Menzies's pacy, idiomatic translation...The Family Clause [has] an epic, as well as a comic, buoyancy.

    Boyd Tonkin, Spectator
  • The dynamics of each relationship are superbly complex, and Khemiri's wry, comic touch gives a lightness to the inevitability as the children follow in their father's footsteps.

    Catherine Menon, Guardian
  • Excellent... Exquisitely translated by Alice Menzies... What Khemiri achieves is not just an engrossing narrative but the complex portrait of a family that is both identifiable and distinctive, normal and strange.

    Tabish Khair, Times Literary Supplement
  • An exceptionally well-constructed novel.

    Irish Times
  • Satisfying . . . Khemiri succeeds at creating an infectious sense of melancholia as the poisonous patriarch is forced to reckon with the truth. In a slow build of quotidian moments, Khemiri constructs a familiarly flawed universe that lays bare what it means to be human.

    Publishers Weekly

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