"Superb [and] captivating
Next to brilliant phrases and scenes of laugh-eliciting satiric jabs, there are brutal, heartbreaking circumstances." - Bret Josef Grubisic, National Post
"Ohlin's combination of smooth prose, thematic reach and structural ambition makes for a novel that is both easily accessible and demanding in the best of ways
What's true of all good fiction applies even more emphatically here: Inside, though fully satisfying the first time through, all but demands a second reading. It's something most readers will be more than happy to do." - Ian McGillis, Montreal Gazette
"Spanning a twelve-year period, the story moves briskly between New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Kigali, and the Inuit community of Iqaluit. As the protagonists try, and fail, to establish connections with other human beings, Ohlin charts their small victories and larger disappointments. She is skilled at making her chilly cast of characters accessible, and even their most unlikely actions make sense, thanks to her tightly drawn portraits. And, while the novel's premise is hardly comic, its Hollywood scenes show off the author's satiric flair." - The New Yorker
"An original novel about a timeless theme: the persistent difficulty of loving and well-meaning people to connect to one another.... Ohlin writes in elegant prose that is flush with wit and style, as clever and smooth as Lorrie Moore.... The closing lines of Inside are like a rose in winter bloom. Ohlin's novel runs with an undercurrent of hopelessness. Her characters have a hollow-ness inside. But Inside is, ultimately, a novel about hope. It begins with a gesture of despair and ends with one of promise. Who are these people? They are all of us." - Sean Carman, The Rumpus
"Twisty, clever, and captivating... Dynamic.... There's no fuss in Ohlin's pointed prose, but plenty of insight... the title also makes for an unintended endorsement of Ohlin's skills; this cunning writer yanks you inside her world." - Mary Pols, The Philadelphia Enquirer
"Can any of us really save another person? Or is each of us solely responsible for his or her own life? That's the question lurking behind [this] astute novel... Ohlin is a master short-story writer (see Signs and Wonders), and the early chapters may feel like discrete tales. Very soon, though, you'll see how they're all intertwined." - Leigh Newman, Oprah.com
"Alix Ohlin's wondrously engrossing Inside and Signs and Wonders display her characteristic strengths- dynamic plots, keenly observed settings, and characters so idiosyncratic, ambivalent, and contradictory they could be your family, your neighbors, people you work with
She has a rare gift for examining the confusions of the 21st century, exploring the ways in which addictions, afflictions, attractions, and random impulses shape our lives. Her intense and beautifully shaped new novel and stories offer tentative yet illuminating answers." - Jane Ciabattari, The Boston Globe
"A writer who should be famous
Ohlin has as unsettling an old soul as Leonard Cohen's." - T.F. Rigelhof, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"Twisty, clever, and captivating
this cunning writer yanks you inside her world." - Mary Pols, The San Francisco Chronicle
"You can't help but become invested in Inside. Ohlin displays a profound empathy for people at their least rational- and most human." - Entertainment Weekly
"A memorable read
.consistently surprising, often devastating as the protagonists find themselves unable to share what's on the inside." - BookPage
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