"Smart, slippery . . . Ullman arranges her players efficiently. But what astounds is how she binds them to one another . . . It's a narrative striptease. And Ullman has such fun with it." --Parul Sehgal, "The New York Times Book Review""
""A thrilling page-turner of a book . . . Book clubs of America, take note. "By Blood" is what you should be reading. Ullman is someone we all should be reading." --Ed Siegel, "Newsday""
""What is most distinctive about Ullman's voice . . . is the way it sounds fully formed, mature both intellectually and emotionally." --Jenny Davidson, "Slate
""Like analysis, ["By Blood"] has urgency--as if, by talking and talking, a solution will be found. Like history, it extends in all directions . . . Like the best novels, it's irresistible--twisty-turny, insightful, revelatory--funny when it's tragic, and complicated when it's funny." --Minna Proctor, NPR.org
"A literary inquiry into identity and legacy . . . A gripping mystery . . . The storytelling is compelling and propulsive . . . Ullman is also a careful stylist." --Carolyn Kellogg, "The Los Angeles Times""
""Rewarding . . . Deepy, lengthy and rewarding therapy is as close as most people get to reading their lives as a novel. Here is a novel that offers itself as a deepy, lengthy and rewarding version of a therapy. The memory of reading it remains quite intense." --Alan Cheuse, "The San Francisco Chronicle
""Marvelously creepy . . . A tricky thing to pull off but Ullman does it beautifully . . . ["By Blood"] speaks volumes about the way we think about the Jewish past." --Adam Kirsch, "Tablet
""A dark, brooding, and marvelous novel that doesn't really resemble anything else, though disparate elements of it remind me of so many stories I love. The book combines a disturbing confessional intensity, as in Coetzee's "Disgrace," Lasdun's "Horned Man," and Tartt's "The Secret History," with a paranoid claustrophobia akin to that of "The Conversation,"show more