"Devastatingly brilliant with unflinching insight and dark, scathing humor. It's "Long Day's Journey into Night" as written by Noel Coward with a little Hawthorne thrown in for good measure.(It's no accident that the main character's name is Hester Parker, and that her husband's name is "A"rthur.) Yates has become an expert in the "dark" comedy of manners genre."
"Psychologically astute, penetrating novel exploring our often conflicting perceptions of others' verbal and non-verbal cues, the opposing emotions that reside within us (i.e.desire/fear), and how others affect our identities. Aciman's stream of consciousness style produces prose of passionate intensity and reflective, acute insight. A dazzling, albeit melancholy, work of art."
"Superbly crafted, understated prose highlights this poignant, affecting novel of rootlessness, navigating life's "grand obstacle race", and seeking out meaning and the elusive truth about relationships that hides from one's gaze. Rarely have I encountered such finely tuned, insightful writing."
"Cameron's bleak view of humanity juxtaposed with sardonic wit inform this brilliant novel of one teen ager's fear of looming adulthood and struggle to stay connected with the world. Cameron's razor sharp prose takes aim at conformity, suburbia, academia and the sheer randomness of life and what many must do to survive in it."
"Laugh-out-loud funny, hugely perceptive satire of love in the Big Apple. Immensely entertaining and keenly observed. Conveys the dizzying sense of life "rushing forward" without room for "tranquility""
"Rechy's glowing prose enriches this funny,affecting novel that is an hilarious satire of TV Evangelists and Hollywood as well as a tale of an innocent's discovery of the harshness and cruelty of life."
"Krach's breezy, comic style & insightful "interior conversations" showcasing the characters' fears and insecurities highlight this engrossing novel about growing up and finding meaningful connections"
"The English poet Dame Edith Sitwell called this novel the work of a great poet, and the novel's poetic smplicity, as well as its enormous humanity, shine forth from every page like "the long gold sun.""
"This play of the story of Leopold and Loeb proves that intellect without heart and cold reason without compassion or humanity are futile, and more importantly, dangerous. I was both fascinated and revolted by them."
"John Knowles' eloquent and incisive prose power this absorbing novel about the dark side of human nature, and the futility and glamorization of war. Although not gay themed in a strict sense, there are obvious gay undertones."
"An engrossing, memorable gay historical love story/tragedy in the tradition of the writers Sims admires: Shakespeare and Hardy, lifted by witty prose and finely drawn, colorful characters. Kit and Nico will forever be emblazoned on my memory."
"A novel of obsession by the world's greatest living prose writer. The theme, like most of of Mcewan's intricate, elegant novels, revolves around an event that irrevocably changes the characters' lives and thier perceptions of the world."
"Beautifully rendered, absorbing romance of the 'western' genre. Think of Willa Cather but with spare, understated prose. The characters are finely drawn, and the writing is vivid enough to stir the imagination."
"Although the subject matter is grim, read this novel for the expert, exquisite prose. There are few writers who can match Heim's lyrical, compelling language. His haunting metaphors left me speechless."