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The Chimes Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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―Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March
"something strikingly new"―Lit Hub
"Smaill's clever use of musical terms in her characters' speech adds to the immersive quality of the work, and her melodious prose lures the reader like a pied piper. With literary trappings but a solidly speculative heart, The Chimes is a cantata of pure delight."―Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)
"Smaill is a classically trained musician - a violinist, to be precise - and it shows on every page of The Chimes. Not only does music saturate the book's setting, it fills its themes and prose . . . For all the poetry and lyricism, The Chimes is a solid, suspenseful adventure story at heart, complete with a quest, a prophecy, and a simmering, deeply moving romance . . . lucid yet dreamlike writing pulls it through. Not to mention her deft, tender characterization . . . [and] profound ideas and images echoing throughout."
"To call The Chimes striking is, I dare say, to underplay what might be the most distinctive debut of the decade."
"Cleverly orchestrated and poignantly conveyed throughout."―The Guardian
"One of a kind, both in its dystopian landscape and use of gorgeous language throughout . . . Fans of the eloquence and imagery of Jeff VanderMeer's 'Southern Reach' trilogy and the spare desolation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road will adore this original work."
―Megan McArdle, Library Journal (Starred Review, Debut of the Month)
"A melodic, immersive dystopian tale set in a London where writing is lost and song has replaced story . . . Entrancingly poetic and engagingly plotted, this is a story that brims with heart and soul."
"The Chimes is a remarkable debut. It's inventive, beautifully written, and completely absorbing. I highly recommend it."
―Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds
"Atmospheric, intensely-imagined strangeness."―Daily Mail
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1681445344
- ISBN-13 : 978-1681445342
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Publisher : Quercus; First Edition (May 3, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #418,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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