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Critical Praise

"Witty, poignant and heartfelt. The 4th of July will never be the same for me, nor for my fellow Americans. I can't imagine a world without Joshua Henkin"

—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

"Marvelous on the solitudes that exist even within the strongest and most compassionate of families, and I love the relentlessness with which it reminds us that our politics will reach its wrecking ball into the lives of even those of us who are most comfortable."

—Jim Shepard, author of You Think That's Bad

"A keen observer of American life, Joshua Henkin imbues The World Without You with wisdom, humor, and a clear sense of history. By mapping out the familiar and the strange, the changed and unchanged, territories of contemporary life, this book is a triumph and an important novel about America."

—Yiyn Li, author of Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

"Rich, deep, funny, and wise, The World Without You is a sumptuous layer cake of a novel whose ordinary yet urgent dramas remind us that family is where it all begins: what we know of love, what we know of the world around us, and how we go forward --- over and over --- from there. Once again, Henkin proves that he is a writer of voluminous heart, humanity, and talent."

—Julia Glass, author of The Widower's Tale

"An immeasurably moving masterpiece that tracks the intricate threads connecting children to parents, sisters to brothers, wives to husbands. To say I "cared" about these characters would be to hugely understate their consuming effect on me. Like all loving--and complicated, and generous--families, they extended a thread to me. Their poignant struggles continued to affect me long after I read the final page."

—Heidi Julavits, author of The Vanishers