Reviews

  • 'Remarkable. Fiction debuts this accomplished don't come along very often . . . Smith is a writer of immense talent and rare imagination [and] this novel reads like a miracle'

    NPR
  • Strange and powerful . . . It's a book brimming with longing, with heartbreak. It's a coming-of-age by coming into somebody else

    The New York Times
  • Audacious... Smith's beautiful, poetic prose transforms this strange coming-of-age story into something wondrous

    Daily Express, Best New Paperbacks of Summer 2020
  • Rich and vivid, [a] hauntingly gorgeous debut novel... Smith captures this unstable world with matter-of-fact poetry, spare and sensual and surprisingly funny

    Kirkus (STARRED REVIEW)
  • One of the most unforgettable books I've read this year, offering a uniquely haunting, but also disarmingly funny and lyrical look at loss, love and the desire to be seen

    NYLON
  • This is a mysterious and strangely exciting debut. Smith is a poet, and writes in sensory driven, soul-tapping prose.

    Booklist
  • Enthralling, startling and stunning... The prose leaves you raw, defying you to articulate what the book is because it feels too immense, promising no easy answers

    Paste
  • Feral, alert and hungry, an unsettling coming-of-age story. Her words create a picture of desperation and absence and a poignant story of accountability

    BUST
  • An eerie exploration of desperation and the complexities of maternal love... Sure to be a page-turner

    Lit Hub (Most Anticipated Books of 2019)
  • A stunningly evocative debut novel

    Boston Globe

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