"With brilliant subtlety, Schrank reveals the ways that popular bromides about marriage can impede true connection and longlasting love. "Love Is a Canoe" is a sharply funny, beautifully original novel filled with tough-minded characters, great dialogue, and a riveting, excellent plot. The ending is perfect." --Kate Christensen, author of "The Astral "and "The Great Man
"I don't think of myself as loving particular kinds of fiction, but this book made me realize I do: fiction, for instance, like "this"--smart, darkly funny (but not jokey) books that are knowing and wise but a little skeptical of knowingness and the possibility of wisdom. "Love Is a Canoe" would join Martin Amis's "The Information" and Michael Chabon's "Wonder Boys" on my shelf devoted to terrific satirical novels about writers and publishing, if I had such a shelf." --Kurt Andersen, author of "True Believers" and "Heyday"
"Our bookshelves all have an empty space waiting for the book we long for but cannot quite imagine because it can't be described as 'the next A' or 'Author X by way of Author Y.' "Love Is a Canoe" fills that nameless void. Funny, tender, wholly original--it's as if all the good fairies came to its christening. (Story, dialogue, character, heart.) I loved it." --Laura Lippman, author of "And When She Was Good "and "The Most Dangerous Thing
""Love Is a Canoe "captures the most essential difficulties of marriage and commitment--our fears of love and loss. A brilliant book of do-overs and second chances, Schrank's novel is mordantly funny and an all too real meditation on modern life." --A. M. Homes, author of" May We Be Forgiven "and "This Book Will Save Your Life
"Forget self-help books. "Love Is a Canoe" takes a good look at the world of self-help and both mocks and embraces our dearest and corniest desires. Ben Schrank's terrific new novel is a real self-help book, and you should help yourself to it." --Daniel Handler, author of "Adverbs and Why We Brshow more