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  • This book is a serious vibe and wickedly funny. It's a slyly poignant satire on cruise ships, crappy jobs and capitalism from the author of the also-incredible Supper Club

    Cosmopolitan, Best Books to Read in April
  • Far from normal... Williams has a deft touch in developing, by the accretion of small details, a sense of the strangeness of her characters and their situation - the feeling that the world is spinning imperceptibly off its axis

    The Times
  • This is darkly comic existential fiction at its best, for fans of Ottessa Moshfegh, Sam Byers and Sayaka Murata... A subversive satire on consumer capitalism and the millennial search for meaning

    Culture Whisper
  • Williams succeeds in satirising the seemingly unmockable: the overwhelming absurdities of modern life... There's more than a hint of a fever dream about the whole affair... Comparisons with Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation are unavoidable

    Literary Review
  • Lara Williams is the queen of smart modern satire. Sharp and evocative, funny and dark, The Odyssey captures the joy and the weirdness of work, travel, ambition, and being a human woman who wants things. I could read her all day

    Emma Jane Unsworth, author of 'Adults'
  • Slyly humorous, sharp, courageous and at times devastating... The Odyssey is a wildly original satire about the struggle to forge human connection and the craving for some semblance of order when one's life has fallen apart. Startlingly unique and beautifully written

    Frances Cha, author of 'If I Had Your Face'
  • Astonishing, subversive and darkly funny - The Odyssey is another dazzler of a novel from the bold and highly perceptive Lara Williams

    Zeba Talkhani, author of 'My Past is a Foreign Country'
  • Perceptive, enigmatic and thought-provoking - I couldn't put it down. Wonderful!

    Amelia Horgan, author of 'Lost in Work'
  • Mischievous and thought-provoking

    Sheerluxe, Best Books to Read in April
  • I have never read anything like this... Deliciously unpredictable, a testament to Lara Williams' fearlessness in diving into the absurd, cringeworthy, and downright uncomfortable aspects of life

    Mateo Askaripour, author of 'Black Buck'

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