It's been a really lovely first week on the road, thanks to all of you who I've had the pleasure of meeting at eight events in eight states. The events have been terrific: Big crowds, plenty of laughs, lots of t-shirts.
I can't thank you all enough for your faith in my work.
I'm thrilled that I still have eleven events left, from Seattle to San Diego to picturesque Canaan, NH. I hope you can join me.
And the first reviews of "The Light in the Ruins?"
Here you go:
"Beautifully structured, written with restrained intensity and suspenseful to the end, this is both a satisfying mystery and a gut-wrenching account of moral dilemma in a time of moral struggle." -- Robin Micheli, People Magazine, 4-star Review
"The Light in the Ruins elucidates, haunts and raises moral quandaries...Bohjalian's historical retelling is riveting...A memorable read."-- Claudia Puig, USA Today
"One of the fifteen best books of summer. . .A picturesque page turner."
-- Good Housekeeping
"With each book, Bohjalian flexes his literary muscles, crafting a ghost story, historical fiction, and now police procedural. . .[Bohjalian] is skilled at evoking the sepia-tinged past." -- Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly
"The subtlety and language of a literary novelist...The denouement is dead solid perfect. Bohjalian has written another winner." -- Curt Schleier, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Bohjalian raises questions about the nature of injustice and the often arbitrary codes we deploy in order to keep a firm grasp on right and wrong, good and evil, or hero and villain. The Light in the Ruins offers an engaging story that unspools in such a way as to keep the reader with her nose to the pages long after the light has actually faded." -- Sheila Moeschen, New York Journal of Books
"At the heart of a good novel is a good story, and this story is a doozy. Bohjalian expertly weaves together a tale of how the war split Italy between the people who willingly collaborated with the Germans and the ones who did not. . .Not every author could manage to tell a war story, throw in a serial killer and drop in several interesting romances, but Bohjalian manages." -- Amanda St. Amand, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Historic fiction at its very finest...This novel moves with the heat and inexorable flow of lava. Not to be missed." -- Edmund August, Louisville Courier-Journal
"A brilliant blend of historical fiction and a chilling serial killer story...a page-turner that the reader will not soon forget." -- Deborah Donovan, BookPage
"Masterfully crafted...a near-perfect blend of historical fiction, mystery, and suspense." -- Brighid Moret, The Washington Times
"A masterpiece. . .a terrific read that will transport both long-time fans and newcomers back in time to one of the most turbulent periods in Italian history." -- Ray Palen, BookReporter
"Thoroughly gripping, beautiful, and astonishingly vengeful, this novel is a heartbreaker. Bohjalian's latest turn to historical fiction is immensely rewarding."
-- Julie Kane, Library Journal -- starred review
"Mastering matters subtle and grotesque, Bohjalian combines intricate plotting and bewitching sensuality with historical insight and a profound sense of place to create an exceptional work of suspense rooted in the tragic aberrations of war."
-- Donna Seaman, Booklist -- starred review
"A taut, suspenseful page-turner...Bohjalian effortlessly turns a work of historical fiction into a breathless whodunit." -- Wendy Plotkin, The Armenian Weekly
"A riveting re-creation of a time and a place long gone, but not forgotten."
-- Valerie Ryan, Shelf Awareness
"A literary thriller. . .a soulful why-done-it."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"An exploration of post-WWII Italy doubles as a murder mystery in this well-crafted novel. . .an entertaining historical whodunit."
-- Publishers Weekly
"The Light in the Ruins" is also one of Barnes & Noble's "Best Books of July" and one of Oprah Magazine's "Ten Titles to Pick Up Right Now."
Fingers crossed my work never disappoints you -- and I meet many of you in the coming two weeks.
Truly, I get to do what I do because all of you. . .and I will never forget that. Truly.