The Colorado Review is calling Robin McLean's new book Reptile House "sharp and concise and tinged with a poetic flare." Reviewer Jeremy Griffin explores the complex web McLean weaves with character depth, "ensuring that each paragraph resounds with meaning and metaphor." "To call Robin McLean a storyteller is technically correct but misses the point of her work; McLean doesn’t write stories so much as she writes about them ... she wants her readers to actively engage with the characters instead of being passive consumers of narrative. The result is a dazzling debut that signals the arrival of one of fiction’s most compelling new voices." The review continues, "McLean’s insistence that readers engage with each story as its own object, examining the sizes and shapes and textures and dimensions, points to her steadfast command of language." "...I am still thinking about these stories, still turning those objects over in my head like the strange but stunning artifacts of someone else’s life. And that, I suppose, is Reptile House’s most impressive accomplishment: for better or worse, it is the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve finished it, begging to be revisited over and over again." Click here to read the full piece from the Colorado Review. Reptile House is available at the BOA Bookstore.
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