Brilliant . . . The rare first novel that makes future ones seem both inevitable and exciting.
Kelley blended fantasy and fact to construct an alternative world whose sweep and complexity drew comparisons to James Joyce and William Faulkner.
[A] masterpiece . . . Kelley wrote intricate novels that identified with the rejection of dominant social orders.
Superbly written . . . a stunning work.
Simple, timeless, mythic . . . an astounding achievement . . . still relevant and powerful today.