This book is weird, like you're in a dream. It is strange, mysterious, extraordinary, but also so peaceful. Piranesi takes place in a labyrinth--a labyrinth with a vast ocean in the lower levels, clouds in the upper levels, and a multitude of beautiful statues everywhere. It is a beautiful, otherworldly puzzle of a story with fascinating characters who are revealed to you piece by piece. A dream you'll want to return to again and again.
September 2020 Indie Next List
“It was more than 15 years ago that Susanna Clarke built a wing on the edifice of fantasy fiction unlike any seen before in the form of a debut novel called Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. After so long, I’d be grateful for any new work from her, but I’m unspeakably glad that she’s again constructed something entirely new. Piranesi has a smaller footprint than her previous novel, but makes more efficient use of space, cramming an entire unsettling universe into a book far bigger on the inside than it is out.”
— James Crossley, Madison Books, Seattle, WA
Winter 2022 Reading Group Indie Next List
“This beguiling story proves that a slim novel can be epic in scope, and that complex is not the same as abtruse. The mystery surrounding Piranesi and the House he lives in immediately draws one in. An engaging and thought-provoking novel.”
— Keith Glaeske, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC
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