(Michelsen Foy is) a storyteller who, like Conrad, can compress into a tale you can’t put down all the complexities of a time and place 

Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, author of The Golden Notebooks


A fine, rich bouillabaisse of a book 

New York Times Book Review


A singularly beautifully written book, one that transcends all genre boundaries; it is a serious and major piece of fiction. At the same time it is also a crusader for fiction, for the written and printed word, encroached upon as it increasingly is by other media forms



(Michelsen’s) story is a humdinger 

Publisher’s Weekly


Dour, gritty and addictive 

USA Today


A tour de force on the frontiers of the imagination

The Times (London)

assorted reviews