"A compassionate mystery of madness . . . gritty and funny, both smart-alecky and dark."
–Los Angeles Times
"Bristles with visionary energy." –Vanity Fair
"One of our most talented young writers." –Charles Baxter
"His characters remind one of Chester Himes and Charles Wright, but LaValle is special." –Ishmael Reed
Proves that Victor LaValle is a voice to be reckoned with for years to come." –Ernesto Quiñonez, author of Bodega Dreams
"[The] characters are as beautifully rendered as they are bizarrely believable. . . . LaValle . . . writes prose that hums in your ear and appeals to your intellect." –The Washington Post Book World