"Mr. Peanut"'s Best of 2010 Lists
"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" "Sophisticated, surreal and creepy."
"The New Republic" "Of all the novels I read this year, this was the one that I read most eagerly, consuming it in eager gulps, dismissing other obligations."
"The Philadelphia Inquirer" "A formidable literary talent...Finely wrought and challenging."
"Ross--in a brilliant stylistic mirror of marriage--blends dream and reality, fact and perception in a narrative that's both cinematic and lyrical...The book is by turns harrowing, tender and funny." --Nancy Connors, Cleveland "Plain Dealer"
""Mr. Peanut" is full of tricks: shifting narrations, quirky chronology and meta-novels within novels. The effect is disorienting, but the characters are too well drawn to feel like pawns in some game. The result is a deliciously clever book, full of dark insight and even a touch of hope." --"The Economist"
"Fearless, challenging and unforgettable..."Mr. Peanut" is acutely funny and profoundly sad, an unexpected and unsettling journey into the heart of contemporary darkness....[Ross is] a sublimely impertinent new writer." --Steve Whitton, "The Anniston Star" "[A] major work....Stories are told and retold, hinge on one another, depend, and connect. That layering, that subsonic, towering buildup, is how "Mr. Peanut" works, and it is a marvel." --John Timpane, "The Philadelphia Inquirer"
"An author whose voice is so distinct and vivid that you truly can't find any comparison [and] a book whose combination of rhythm, language and style are unlike anything else I've ever encountered...a sort of wondrous literary alchemy [that's] laugh-out-loud funny and shrewdly aware of human nature...Read "Mr. Peanut" for its insight into marriage. Read it for the humor. Read it for the thrills. Just read it, please." --Joy Tipping, "The Dallas Morning News"
"An ambitious and well-crafted noir that manages to humanise its characters whileshow more