• "Shame and Wonder is a work of genius. A very particular kind of genius, to be sure, one that bides more comfortably with questions, potentialities, mysteries and wonders than with the hard and fast answers that the information age has taught us to crave. How rare these days to commit oneself to uncertainty, but when it's done as David Searcy does it – gently, insistently, ever alert to all shades of slapstick and tragic – the inquiry itself becomes the revelation, an object lesson in what it means to be human. If you want to know things, real things, read Shame and Wonder. It will knock you flat and lift you up."

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)