This is that mythological novel that is hip and brilliant and that no one else knows about yet--except you now, you lucky jerk! Nell Zink is a debut author with a mysterious European jacket bio, and her novel is every bit as puzzlingly cool. Full of wit and sex and incompetent eco-terrorism, it traces the brief and weird marriage of Tiff and Stephen from Berne to Berlin to Albania and back. But the real trip is Tiff herself: her singular voice, her bizarre attractions (gas station attendants, men named Olaf,) and her eventual, if gradual growing up. -Kea's October Staff Pick, 2014
Fiction. "Who is Nell Zink? She claims to be an expatriate living in northeast Germany. Maybe she is; maybe she isn't. I don't know. I do know that this first novel arrives with a voice that is fully formed: mature, hilarious, terrifyingly intelligent, and wicked. The novel is about a bird-loving American couple that moves to Europe and becomes, basically, eco-terrorists. This is strange, and interesting, but in between is some writing about marriage, love, fidelity, Europe, and saving the earth that is as funny and as grown-up as anything I've read in years. And there are some jokes in here that a young Don DeLillo would kill to have written. I hope he doesn't kill Nell Zink."--Keith Gessen
"Nell Zink is a writer of extraordinary talent and range. Her work insistently raises the possibility that the world is larger and stranger than the world you think you know. You might not want to believe this, but her sentences and stories are so strong and convincing that you'll have no choice."--Jonathan Franzen.