"Roberts pinpoints a familiar malaise in his protagonist . . . although like all good characters, Mike contains multitudes . . . I could listen to this voice all day. It s as if it belongs to a friend I grew up with, or someone I met at a bar, or found counting lampposts in my hometown strangely familiar and wise beyond his years."
Amy Silverberg, Los Angeles Review of Books
"The oft-told story of young-man-finds-himself has become a difficult one to write without its becoming completely insufferable, but Roberts, with his Salinger-level attention to the foibles of the human condition, has avoided that trap altogether and written a book that makes you already eager for what he'll write next"
Keziah Weir, Elle
Reading Cannibals in Love, the debut novel from Mike Roberts, is like dumping a memory box on the table and feeling the gut-panging nostalgia ooze out from every concert ticket, old photo and letter . . . [reads] like hot takes from Holden Caulfield via Chuck Klosterman.
Sophia June, The Willamette Week
A funny, minutely observed look at the way we live now. Men s Fitness
"Unapologetically political and full of youthful whimsy, Roberts debut captures one man s reluctant search for stability." Jonathan Fullmer, Booklist
Roberts' debut captures the anger and tumult of early adulthood in the George W. Bush years . . . impression by impression, fragment by fragment, Roberts chronicles the low-grade agony of growing up with insight and accuracy. A study of young masculinity: atmospheric, quietly aggressive, and unexpectedly hopeful.
Cannibals in Love is a portrait of American life in its twilight years bristling with humor and absurdity, rotten with longing. With tenderness and wit, Mike Roberts brings us a tragicomic ode to our millennium, crisper and more penetrating in retrospect.
Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
"Episodic novels don't usually breathe like this. Deceptively simple, but warm, even recklessly honest, the story Mike Roberts tells here is essentially about the nature of time. A scrupulously sane tribute to youth, Cannibals in Love describes the blessed entropy that disperses our friends, and in so doing saves us."
Benjamin Lytal, author of A Map of Tulsa
"Cannibals in Love is hard to forget. Midway through, you start calling up earlier episodes, forming connections, and remembering the book the same way a life is remembered while it's being lived. The vignettes in Roberts' novel of millennial America hit with a sense of relief, like when a friend fills in a blank spot from the past and you think, 'Thank God someone remembered something!' This novel belongs on a shelf of Americana with Frederick Exley's A Fan's Notes and early DeLillo."
Will Chancellor, author of A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall