"So beautiful. I really enjoyed it. A fantastic book." –Zadie Smith
"Successful fiction, like successful therapy, Cohen notes, 'sets a mirror before us, in which we see not only the self we know but the self we don't.' Relatability gives way to a more transformative recognition: seeing ourselves as others see us, or seeing ourselves as others, as strangers-and therefore as people whose stories and scripts aren't as fixed as we thought . . . By the end of this wonderful book, we have learned to read its title not as a prescription but as a set of questions." –The Times Literary Supplement
"Cohen makes the case for fiction as a crucial aid to introspection, suggesting that our ability to see ourselves in literary characters runs parallel to the all-important ability to see ourselves."–LitHub's "Most Anticipated Books of 2021 Part 2"
"Absorbing . . . Uniformly insightful. . . Compelling . . . An engrossing consideration of how reading fiction can lay a pathway for emotional and intellectual enrichment."–Kirkus Reviews
"Original . . . Fascinating . . . The premise is a brilliant one with plenty of room for fun."–Publishers Weekly