"A wonderful debut by a truly exciting new writer — The Rehearsal is compulsively good and while at the same time being immensely readable it also continually calls into question the relationship between so-called 'reality' and fiction, and the very nature of truth itself."
— Kate Atkinson
"This astonishing debut novel from Eleanor Catton is a cause for surprise and celebration: smart, playful and self-possessed, it has the glitter and mystery of the true literary original."
— The Guardian
"Eleanor Catton has not only shaken the bars but broken through."
— Glasgow Sunday Herald
"A book as brainy as The Rehearsal usually doesn’t have the emotional heft to match its smarts. But New Zealander Eleanor Catton’s debut novel – I can’t believe it’s her first book – will make you gasp, think, laugh, wonder and then weep. . . . I haven’t been this impressed with a debut fiction writer since Ann-Marie MacDonald released Fall On Your Knees. This year’s must-read."
— NOW magazine (5 "N" review)
“A bravura performance. . . . As wickedly provocative as it is elaborately crafted. . . . [A] sensational novel. There is nothing ordinary about it.”
— Toronto Star
“Imagine Sue Sylvester’s lines from ‘Glee’ delivered by Judi Dench and you’ll begin to capture the tone taken by the teachers in this mordant debut novel.”
— New York Times
“The Rehearsal is something completely different. It’s almost impossible to classify. The closest comparison might be Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl, or even The Secret History, by Donna Tartt, but The Rehearsal stands alone. . . . Eleanor Catton has begun on a very high note. I have a feeling she’ll sustain it.”
— Globe and Mail
“A tour de force. . . . The combination of beautiful writing and inventive, nontraditional structure . . . make it a dazzling debut.”
— Booklist (starred review)
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