The Book of Other People Reviews
"Taking the collection as a whole, the short story - its future frequently worried over in the face of diminishing sales and commercial pressure - looks to be in healthy form." - The Observer.
"So what can we conclude after The Book of Other People? That Chekhov's influence on the short story is still paramount. That "hysterical realism", the tendency in contemporary fiction so accurately diagnosed by critic James Wood in 2001 symptoms include fact fetishism, list making, digressive mini-essays has mercifully given way to something more intelligent and true. Last, that fiction rarely awards first prize to youth. The standout story here is the beautiful "Donal Webster" ... It's by Colm Tóibí, who at 52 is the oldest writer between these covers, and would alone make this collection worthwhile." - The Guardian.
"Of all contemporary pastimes, charity offers the best excuse for fooling about. Without charity there would be no bathing in cold custard, no public displays of depilation and no outlet for tombola. Nobody would ever have entered a shipping lane clad only in Speedos and goosefat. And there would be no charity anthologies, which may not be a bad thing except that occasionally, as with this book, the carnival misrule of the format produces something novel and touching and fun." - The Times.
"Starred Review. With so much to savorthe sensuality of Adam Thirlwells Nigora, the knowingness of George Saunders Puppythis anthology will sate even the most famished short story fan." - Publishers Weekly.
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