Reviews

  • "I love Helen Phillips's wild, brilliant, eccentric brain"

    Lauren Groff
  • "The Need is a profound meditation on the nature of reality, a fearless examination of parenthood, and also somehow a thriller. This is an extraordinary and dazzlingly original work from one of our most gifted and interesting writers"

    Emily St. John Mandel
  • "Helen Phillips is one of the most exciting young writers working today, and I envy those who get to discover her work here for the first time"

    Jenny Offill
  • "This book held me hostage, invaded my dreams and my waking thoughts, and readjusted my brain; Phillips is, as always, doing something at once wildly her own and utterly primal. Maybe it doesn't surprise me that the strangest book I've read about motherhood is also the best, but it does thrill me"

    Rebecca Makkai, author of THE GREAT BELIEVERS
  • "The Need is a spellbinding novel, both unsettling and irresistible. The best fiction finds the uncanny within the familiar; it makes us feel the fantastical undercurrent of our embodied lives. With exquisite economy and evocative prose, Phillips manifests the surreal, terrifying, and visceral experience of motherhood"

    Dana Spiotta, author of INNOCENTS AND OTHERS