Imaginative, versatile, and daring Allen (Jesus Boy, 2010) raids the realms of myth and fairy tales in this topsy-turvy speculative fable. …With canny improvisations on 'Jack and the Beanstalk,' the 'Epic of Gilgamesh,' and Alice in Wonderland, Allen sharpens our perceptions of class divides, racism, enslavement, and abrupt and devastating climate change to create a delectably adventurous, wily, funny, and wise cautionary parable. ”
I write to understand the thousand injuries of Fortunato. I write to ease some of the pain with laughter. The novel All or Nothing came to me on a furious wind. The words were sharp knives of truth that rent my soul in twain; but the writing itself was...