"Extraordinary" (Emma Donoghue, author of Room)
"Enchanting and compellingly dark... This is an intensely personal story, but told with a lightness of touch and air of magic" (Nigella Lawson Mail on Sunday Books of the Year)
"A tremendously affecting novel, skillfully and arrestingly written, and one that packs a big emotional punch" (Sunday Times)
"Both sinister and sharply intriguing, with a completely convincing eleven-year-old narrator caught in fundamentalism, school persecution and the edge of the miraculous" (A.S. Byatt Guardian, Books of the Year)
"This extraordinary tale of one little girl's End Times grabbed me by the throat. The Land of Decoration is part social observation and part crazy mysticism, held together by a brutally real story of parent-child love."--Emma Donoghue, author of "Room"
"Loveable, unique and thrillingly uncategorisable... A story about a small person's small antithesis of a small town full of small-minded people, this is a big-hearted novel." -Chris Cleave, "Financial Times"
"Gripping, beautiful... [M]akes you gasp with delight...In many ways it's suspense--is Judith going to get hurt?--that keeps you tearing through the pages (be prepared for the complete and total devastation of your social life; once you pick up this novel, you will not be able to do anything until you finish)... This isn't a child like the other children in books--say, the unbelievably smart ones who can lecture on astronomy and rare stamps. This is a regular old child, a loving, confused, tender-hearted little person who is trying, like all of us, to make some sense of out of this life." -Oprah.com pick for "Book of the Week"
"The novel's best moments offer a profound sense of the existential crisis that any believer eventually faces... McCleen also has a good ear for the blessings of comedy -- the little moments of absurdity that children experience as they try to make sense of religion." -Ron Charles, "The Washington Post"
"Grace McCleen's writing is deep, fantastical and powerful, and she really lets us into the heart of this tender, gentle little girl...A wonderful gen of a debut novel."--"The Independent "(UK)
"A tremendously affecting novel, skillfully and arrestingly written, and one that packs a big emotional punch." --"The Sunday Times" (UK)
"British musician McCleen's debut explores the complexities of love between a widowed father and his daughter...McCleen adroitly combines cinematic momentum with intuitive description in this novel about the consequences of faith and what happens when