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“Dexter Palmer's debut work is an absolutely enchanting novel with elements of steampunk and alternate history, loosely constructed around the plot of Shakespeare's ^The Tempest^. It's a powerful story and I can't wait to see what he writes next.”
— Bridget Allison, Phoenix Books, Essex, VT
“An extravagantly wondrous and admirable first novel.” —The Washington Post Book World
“A singular riff on steampunk—sophisticated, subversive entertainment that never settles for escapism.” —Jeff VanderMeer, The New York Times Book Review
“A gorgeously surreal first novel.” —Matthew Shaer, Bookforum
“The breadth and depth of Dexter Palmer’s storytelling is exhilarating. He’s written a smart, funny, sad, and beautiful novel, full of magic, mystery, mechanical men, and a delightful amount of mayhem.” —Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins
“Dexter Palmer has written a strange, passionate, enthralling first novel, a novel that is itself a kind of perpetual motion machine—constantly turning, giving off more energy than it receives, its movement at once beautiful and counterintuitive.” —Kevin Brockmeier, New York Times bestselling author of The Brief History of the Dead