Part a biography of Judy Garland, part the story of a dying man's obsession, and part the "true" story of Dorothy Gale, Geoff Ryman's WAS is one of most fascinating narratives I've encountered. Told with considerable sensitivity and with an eye for the telling detail throughout, WAS is a moving testament to the power of rewriting lives in defiance of life's unfulfilled potentials. This will give you a very different perspective on Mr. Baum's classic.— From Mark
A startling, stimulating book filled with angels and scarecrows, gargoyles and garlands, vaudeville and violence. Pynchon goes Munchkin, you might say.”
Washington Post Book World
"The Scarecrow of Oz dying of AIDS in Santa Monica? Uncle Henry a child abuser? Dorothy, grown old and crazy, wearing out her last days in a Kansas nursing home? It's all here, in this magically revisionist fantasy on the themes from The Wizard of Oz."
"Ryman's darkly imaginative, almost surreal improvisation on L. Frank Baum's Oz books combines a stunning portrayal of child abuse, Wizard of Oz film lore and a polyphonic meditation on the psychological burden of the past."
"A mediation on art, lies and human pain. None of Ryman's books is quite like any of the othersthis is one of his most straightforward and best"
Roz Kaveneny, Time Out