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The LA Times calls The Hundred-Year House “a juicy, gothic tale of art and love”

The Hundred Year House is a big-hearted gothic novel, an intergenerational mystery, a story of heartbreak and a romance, all crammed into one grand Midwestern estate… In this literary but unpretentious book, Makkai has created a juicy and moving story of art and love and the luck it takes for either to last.” Read the full review here.

Posted in News, Reviews on July 13 2014· Tagged: ,

The Kansas City Star praises THYH

“Running through all the sections are themes of identity and history, love and its follies, the lives of artists and the up-and-down flow of the work. What starts and ends as a ghost story is, at its heart, a tale of trials and failures and of reinvention — both of the self and the worlds we create around us.” Read the full review here.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article703681.html#storylink=cpy

Posted in News, Reviews on July 13 2014· Tagged: ,

The Hundred-Year House Tops Oprah’s Summer Reading List

Oprah (okay, not actually Oprah, but a lovely person named Elisabeth Witchel) writes, “Makkai’s humorous, expertly orchestrated storytelling will surprise you. Just when you think you know what’s what and who’s who at Laurelfield, hidden identities are revealed and history must be recalibrated. Perfect for a rainy day on the sun porch—with an old-fashioned glass of lemonade and a musty summerhouse throw around your shoulders.” See the rest of the write-up and the entire list of Oprah’s summer reads here.

Posted in News, Reviews on July 10 2014· Tagged: , ,

The Boston Globe says lovely things

Writing for the Boston Globe, S. Kirk Walsh says: “Makkai’s lyrical prose quietly lifts off the page while her carefully crafted plot charges forward… [The] author strikes a perfect equilibrium of dark humor and tragedy.” Read the whole review here.

Posted in News, Reviews on July 10 2014· Tagged: ,

NPR Books reviews THYH

A rave review from NPR is even better than a tote bag or a travel mug. Colin Dwyer writes, “It takes a special trick to remake the world without a reader noticing; it takes a tremendous talent to do it again and again.” Read the whole review here.

Posted in News, Reviews on July 10 2014· Tagged: ,

Rave from the Chicago Tribune

Sometimes there are really great reviews that are basically impossible to quote. This is one of them. But you can read it here.

Posted in News, Reviews on July 10 2014· Tagged: ,

Bookpage on THYH

Bookpage calls The Hunderd-Year House a “clever and utterly delightful work of fiction,” and has named it one of the top books of July. Read the full review here.

Posted in News, Reviews on July 10 2014· Tagged: ,

Starred Review in Library Journal

ljLibrary Journal has given The Hundred-Year House a glowing starred review, saying “This novel is stunning: ambitious, readable, and intriguing. Its gothic elements, complexity, and plot twists are reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin. Chilling and thoroughly enjoyable.” Read the whole review here.

Posted in News, Reviews on June 10 2014· Tagged: , ,

Starred Review in Booklist

booklistThe Hundred-Year House has received a lovely starred review in Booklist, which you can read here. From the review: “…Such close quarters provide the perfect setup for farce and scandal, and Makkai choreographs both in a dazzling plot spiked with secrets and betrayals hilarious and dire. Her offbeat characters and suspenseful story could have added up to a stylish romp. Instead, Makkai offers that and much more as she stealthily investigates the complexities of ambition, sexism, violence, creativity, and love in this diverting yet richly dimensional novel”

Posted in News, Reviews on May 31 2014· Tagged: , , ,

Starred Review for The Hundred-Year House in Publishers Weekly

pwPublishers Weekly has given The Hundred-Year House a starred review, calling it “lively and clever… exceptionally well constructed, with engaging characters busy reinventing themselves throughout, and delightful twists that surprise and satisfy.” Read the full review here.

“Makkai’s (The Borrower) second novel is a lively and clever story starring an estate with an intricate history.”

Posted in News, Reviews on April 9 2014· Tagged: ,

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