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
  • "Helen Phillips has created an existential page-turner that captures, with perfect sharpness, the fierce delirium of motherhood, the longing to understand the workings of our universe, and the wondrous and terrifying mystery that is time. The Need is a brain-bending heartbreaker of a novel, and definitive proof that Helen Phillips is one of the most spellbindingly original writers working today"

    Laura Van Den Berg, author of THE THIRD HOTEL
  • "This is a book about the biggest things you can imagine--the dreadful potentiality of life, the fierceness of love, and the terrifying and exhilarating mystery of motherhood. Helen Phillips writes at the nexus of science fiction and psychological realism, conjuring a narrative so mind-bending and immersive that it'll change what you see as real. She is an author at the height of her power, and we are so lucky to be living in her moment"

    Alexandra Kleeman, author of YOU TOO CAN HAVE A BODY LIKE MINE
  • "A superbly engaging read – quirky, perceptive, and gently provocative... Suspenseful and mysterious, insightful and tender, Phillips' new thriller cements her standing as a deservedly celebrated author with a singular sense of story and style"

    Kirkus, starred review