From the front page of the New York Times Book Review:
“[E]xquisite.... This diary is a diary in the way that Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater is a confession, or that Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year is a journal, or that Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book is a pillow book.... [W]itty, sly, critical, inventive and adventurous.... Her prose, like [E.B.] White’s, is especially liquid, and her sentences are unimpeachable....
[A] work so artful that it appears to be without artifice. This diary is a record of the interior weather of an adept thinker. In it, the mundane is rendered extraordinary through the alchemy of effortless prose. It is a work in which a self is both lost and found, but above all made.”
— Eula Biss
“[S]cathingly funny.... [O]ddly exhilarating.... Julavits, as we know from her inventive novels...is a pro at spinning stories.”
—Los Angeles Times
"[A] cleverly crafted, thoughtfully entertaining series of meditations on personhood and culture.... complex and captivating...."
— Lydia Millet, O Magazine
"[A]t once artful, concise, and forthcoming.... Like E.B. White or David Foster Wallace before her, Julavits might be ashamed of her little vanities and obsessions...but that doesn't prevent her from laying them bare without sugarcoating a thing.... [T]here's not a single uninteresting anecdote or scrap of flabby prose throughout."
— Heather Havrilesky, Barnes & Noble
"[A] profound meditation on the passing of time."
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[F]resh.... [P]itch-perfect.... Julavits manages to steer her philosophizing clear of triteness or pretension.”
“[I]ntricate and delicately worked.... The magic of The Folded Clock is the way it recaptures time, slowing and bending it, to create something new.... [A]n exceptional work of art.”
[B]lur[s] the lines between contemplation and revelation, fact and fiction.... Julavits takes the novel approach of reinventing the form of the diary.... Julavits reveals a whole lot, in often-flawless prose, about motherhood, time, petty jealousies, grand debates, and the irresistible attractions of The Bachelorette.
— New York Magazine’s “8 Books You Need to Read This April”
One of Refinery29's "30 Books to Read This Spring"
“Reflections on being and becoming… Some entries are slyly funny, gossipy and irreverent; others, quietly intimate… An inventive, beautifully crafted memoir, wise and insightful.”
— Kirkus Reviews (Starred)
"Display[s] both charm and stark honesty... The diary angle makes for a clever hook, but masks what this really is—a compelling collection of intimate, untitled personal essays that reveal one woman's ever-evolving soul."
— Publishers Weekly
"What can I tell you about reading Heidi Julavits’ diary? I almost missed my subway stop because I got so engrossed by her description of waiting at a subway stop. These meditations shimmer like creatures, always feeling for the next surprise. They are ruthlessly attentive to particulars but always sniffing after bigger questions—the biggest—and I was utterly compelled by the big-hearted engine of rigor and wonder that drives them: her live electric mind."
— Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams
“The Folded Clock is a joy to read. It’s a treasure house of revealing stories, and a thought-provoking illustration of the way that everyday encounters—with weather, landscapes, knick knacks and civilians—provoke kaleidoscopic and dramatic memories to unfold within us. They illustrate the way the past connects to and colors the present within all our lives. Heidi's great empathy for all she encounters—whether inanimate objects like old houses, antique beds and abandoned Rolodexes—or animate ones such as neighbors, dinner guests and lovers—and her keen intelligence and wild imagination turn a 'normal' life into an extraordinary one, full of drama, mystery, fierce affections, illicit love affairs, terrible and wonderful secrets. Heidi’s reflections on female desire and friendship are gripping. This is a book worth reading and re-reading.”
— Rebecca Curtis, author of Twenty Grand and Other Tales of Love & Money