'An artful piece of work ... As a documentary novel, The Report gains from the virtues of both forms.' --Times Literary Supplement
`A smart and troubling novel of ideas which explores the power of crowds and collective guilt' --Financial Times
'An astute and subtle meditation on whether a written account of a traumatic event can ever satisfy all its objectives' --Telegraph
'Composed yet rawly emotional ... An East End ravaged by the blitz is powerfully recreated'
"[Kane] moves deftly among perspectives on the [Bethnal Green] catastrophe: We eavesdrop on war-battered townsfolk, the tardy policeman, the overburdened priest, the devastated shelter-chief who feels responsible. Kane's command of period detail is marvelous. . . . A deft, vivid first novel."
"Kane skillfully reimagines the empathetic [Laurence] Dunne as he interprets the confessions and accusations of a community crushed by loss and guilt. . . . Meticulous historical detail and vivid descriptions of hunkered-down and rationed East Enders add a marvelous texture." --"Publishers Weekly"
"The Report is a graceful and dignified look at a single event that quickly becomes something so much more expansive: a kaleidoscopic examination of crowds, of disasters, of reverberations and reckoning. I was absolutely riveted." --Anthony Doerr, author of "Memory Wall" and "The Shell Collector"
"I began reading this story hoping it would aim my judgment at some one person who had made the fatal mistake. But "The Report "cracks that hope and replaces it--as only the bravest novels can do--with a vivid exploration of the events themselves in all their disquieting tangles. This book shows us that the single sin for which judgment hopes is a lie. The truth is not one misstep but a horde of them, hidden in a tunnel that this novel brilliantly excavates." --Salvatore Scibona, author of "The End "" """"An absorbing, thought-provoking first novel about a terrible civilian tragedy during wartime, "The Report" manages the delicate literary feat of being both a probing historical inquiry into a disaster, and a moving, multi-faceted portrait of a community under extreme duress. Jessica Francis Kane's authorial control of her material is impressive; the book's moral complexities linger long after the book is finished. A memorable debut."--John Burnham Schwartz, author of "The Commoner" and "Reservation Road" "Elegantly wr