McBride entertains us and shows us both the beauty and the ugliness of humanity
Shouldn't we just get it over with and declare McBride this decade's Great American Novelist?
McBride's pages burst with life . . . This endlessly rich saga highlights the different ways in which people look out for one another
The interlocking destinies of McBride's characters make for tense, absorbing drama and, at times, warm, humane comedy. . . If it's possible for America to have a poet laureate, why can't James McBride be its storyteller-in-chief?
Funny, tender, knockabout, gritty and suspenseful, McBride's microcosmic, socially critiquing and empathic novel dynamically celebrates difference, kindness, ingenuity and the force that compels us to move heaven and earth to help each other
It's hard to imagine anyone being able to write to the caliber of Toni Morrison and Edward P. Jones, but James McBride does just that
A modern-day Mark Twain
A murder mystery locked inside a Great American Novel . . . a charming, smart, heart-blistering and heart-healing novel
With his eccentric, larger-than-life characters and outrageous scenes of spliced tragedy and comedy, 'Dickensian' is not too grand a description for his novels, but the term is ultimately too condescending and too Anglican. The melodrama that McBride spins is wholly his own, steeped in our country's complex racial tensions and alliances. Surely, the time is not too far distant when we'll refer to other writers' hypnotically entertaining stories as McBridean . . . We all need - we all deserve - this vibrant, love-affirming novel that bounds over any difference that claims to separate us
Mesmerizing, moving, almost magical . . . a miracle of storytelling that will leave you laughing and crying
I keep thinking every time I read one of his books, 'That's his best book.' No. THIS is his best book.
McBride looks squarely at savage truths about race and prejudice, but he also insists on humour and hope. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store is one of the best novels I've read this year.
This is one of those novels that becomes a part of you. It's a great book. Every character is rich; every detail is rich. I can't recommend this one highly enough
I loved this book. An intricate weaving of race and prejudice told with heart and hope
Epic . . . Glorious. An uplifting tale of kindness and community
Wonderful . . . McBride is a fabulous talent, and expertly marshals a vast array of characters with a polyphony of voices
McBride is an acknowledged master of high-resolution historical fiction, peppered with wit and insight