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Critical Praise

"The novel unfolds in mysterious and, at times, supernatural ways."

——Cleveland Plain Dealer

"In Sister Noon, Fowler thrillingly recreates a lost world...No contemporary writer creates characters more appealing, or examines them with greater acuity and forgiveness than she does."

——Michael Chabon, bestselling author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

"Reading Sister Noon is like staring at early photographs until the eyes begin to shine and your head is filled with voices which urge you to recall that these vanished lives, and your own, are stranger than you allow. A dazzling book"

——Jonathan Lethem, bestselling author of Motherless Brooklyn

"Fowler has a voice like no other, lyrical, shrewd and addictive, with a quiet deadpan humor that underlies almost every sentence."


"A playful literary mystery."

——Atlanta Journal-Consititution

"An astonishing voice, at once lyric and ironic, satiric and nostalgic. Fowler can tell stories that engage and enchant."

——San Francisco Chronicle

"A playful, mysterious, highly imagined narrative set in the San Francisco of the 1890's…Robust, sly, witty, elegant, unexpected and never ever boring."

The New York Times Book Review