The Rathbones Reviews
"The Rathbones swims in meticulous, detailed descriptions to the point that I find myself jumping ahead in the hope of finding a thread of plot to hang on to, something that will make sense in the larger arc of the story - but, after 80 pages, I have yet to find one." - BookBrowse Reviewer
"Starred Review. [A] beautifully written, playful and intricate debut novel. Clark creates evocative descriptions...making her images and encounters between people especially vivid." - Publishers Weekly
"Chicago-based author Clark seduces with her vision and her prose but disappoints with non-epic storytelling." - Kirkus
"At once sprawling, ambitious, and tightly woven, this gothic tale is shrouded in longing and loss, with hints of the supernatural woven throughout. Readers of epic family sagas will find it both compelling and captivating." - Library Journal
"There are hints here of Homer's Odyssey and, in the whale-obsessed father, of Melville's Moby-Dick. But, in larger part, the story seems to be a dark combination of fairy tale and fever dream, replete with reality-bending, dark secrets, and a fascinating, multigenerational family." - Booklist
"Part odyssey, part ancestral mystery and part sea shanty, all brilliantly entwined and soaked in Greek myth. Mercy's journey over sea and shore and through extraordinary family history is a remarkable tale, both epic and intimate. The Rathbones itself feels as though it was loom-woven or carved in whalebone. Beautifully crafted and elegantly told. A siren song of a story." - Erin Morgenstern, bestselling author of The Night Circus
"Dark and beautifully written, Janice Clark's journey into family history captures the salty bonds of blood and sea, with all that lies beneath: from long held secrets to a broken covenant with the whale. As cautionary a tale as Melville's, this is nevertheless a woman's odyssey, one that creates a kind of longing that lingers far beyond its final pages. I'm telling everyone I know to read this one." - Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of The Lace Reader
"Full of longing and desire, The Rathbones is a wonder. Janice Clark has written a new chapter of American myth and family legend, an epic tale of adventure - of men who go off to sea and the women who wait for them until they can wait no longer. Mercy Rathbone, the 15-year-old girl whose odyssey is at the story's core, is a brilliant creation, who will haunt your memory long after you turn the final page." - Keith Donohue, New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child
"The Rathbones is a gorgeous, gothic tale of a seafaring family and their dark secrets, passed through generations. Reminiscent of Melville, Janice Clark's writing is inventive and astonishing in its sensuousness and attention to historic details." - Kathleen Kent, bestselling author of The Heretic's Daughter
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