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Victor LaValle on ISLE

So thrilled to be able to share these generous words about ISLE from one of my all-time favorite writers, Victor LaValle. If you have not read Big Machine and The Devil in Silver, you are seriously missing out.

“People keep disappearing in Laura Van Den Berg’s haunting collection of stories. Some run away, some change identities, and one even gets blown up. This collection is rich, surprising, and a lot of fun. The Isle of Youth plays with crime stories of a kind, noir tales of deceit and betrayal, but really each investigates the spaces, the distances, that keep human beings from ever truly knowing one another. Van Den Berg is a ridiculously talented writer and this wonderful book provides the proof.” – Victor LaValle, author of The Devil in Silver

Ann Patchett on ISLE

Over the moon to be able to share these lovely words for ISLE from the one and only Ann Patchett. I hugely admire Ann’s work (BEL CANTO! TRUTH & BEAUTY!) and also her extraordinary contribution to the literary community. My mom lives in Nashville and not one visit passes without a book-buying pilgrimage to Parnassus. It’s a haven.

“In THE ISLE OF YOUTH, a group of young women narrators seek to understand the people in their lives as a means of understanding themselves. Magically, Laura van den Berg turns a group of lost souls into a beautiful and compelling read.” – Ann Patchett