Acknowledgements and Accolades (4)

Acknowledgments and Accolades is a post in which I share my favorite quotes from blurbs or acknowledgments for the week. I’ve been slacking on this feature lately, but I’m hoping it will be a weekly post again now. I have an unusual obsession with the way large emotions like gratitude and admiration can be expressed in such succinct prose, so I always read the blurbs and acknowledgments sections first. If you happen to share this unusual interest, feel free to post your favorites in the comments or on your own post and leave me the link.

Here are my favorite recent finds:

Room by Emma Donoghue

“Emma Donoghue’s writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it’s over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days.” -Audrey Niffenegger

Room is that rarest of entities, an entirely original work of art. I mean it as the highest possible praise when I tell you that I can’t compare it to any other book. Suffice to say that it’s potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory.” -Michael Cunningham

In the Woods by Tana French

“Drawn by the grim nature of her plot and the lyrical ferocity of her writing, even smart people who should know better will be able to lose themselves in these dark woods.” -Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Tana French invites us into a murky netherworld so seductive and engrossing that we can’t turn away, even when we try.” -Lisa Unger

Inexcusable by Chris Lynch

“Chris Lynch creates a character with such flawless self-deception that the reader mistakes being seduced with being stalked. In the end you become the books trophy, and you’ll find your head mounted on the cover.” -Jack Gantos

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2 Responses to "Acknowledgements and Accolades (4)"

  • I love this idea…I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been encouraged to pick up a book after seeing a quote on its cover from one of my fave authors. I also find the word choice in the blurbs fascinating. They’re always so VIVID; it’s a great reminder that a lot can be said in just a few words.

    1 Anna said this (October 18, 2010 at 5:05 PM)


  • Thanks Anna! It’s good to know I’m not alone. I know that blurbs are all about politics, but I love the writing of many of them all the same.

    2 Melanie said this (October 18, 2010 at 5:09 PM)


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