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Reviews

  • Our funniest overthinker - and the queen of the campus novel... Selin is a droll and disarming narrator, and takes her place as one of the finest hapless scholars in the literary canon.

    Johanna Thomas-Corr, Sunday Times
  • Batuman has a gift for making the universe seem, somehow, like the benevolent and witty literary seminar you wish it were . . . This novel wins you over in a million micro-observations.

    Dwight Garner, The New York Times
  • A richly suggestive and amusing book.

    Jonathan Derbyshire, Financial Times
  • A charming, mordantly funny follow-up to her first novel... triumphal.

    Daily Mail
  • Such an enchanting writer.

    Johanna Thomas-Corr, Sunday Times
  • Stupendous . . . hilarious... Batuman is a genius, rendering human folly at its most colorful and borderline surreal

    Lauren Mechling, Vogue
  • [A] charming, smart and completely idiosyncratic take on art, life and the gap between.

    Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail, *Books to Look Out For 2022*
  • The central pleasure of reading Elif Batuman's ferociously intelligent fiction...[is] the thrill of encountering things you already half-knew, rendered in language with lyrical precision... hopefully, there will be a third installment of the adventures of Elif Batuman's brilliantly modern picaro.

    Times Literary Supplement
  • Delightful... Batuman has a formidable deadpan wit... Selin is not only an astute observer but displays a touching capacity for awe.

    Spectator
  • Wonderfully idiosyncratic... Charming

    Alex Clark, Guardian

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