“Travis Holland writes exquisitely. The Archivist’s Story is that very rare book, a historical novel that makes us forget ‘historical’ and remember only ‘novel’, even as we take in hard historical fact— the archivist Pavel living in the midst of Stalin’s purges, could be any of us, and Holland conveys his world in indelible images. The beauty and reality of this novel linger long after one has read—reluctantly—the last page.”—Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian
“A quietly miraculous book—uncannily persuasive in its rendering of a distant time and place, and deeply moving in its evocation of lives caught in the jaws of history. It’s common to welcome a debut novel as "promising.” This book is a promise perfectly and profoundly kept,; its author one to read now and into the future.”—Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl
“A historical novel of subtle power and tremendous grace.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“There is a quiet authenticity about Holland’s writing that draws you in, and soon you will find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat, silently cheering for his characters. Readers will want to hear more from the author of this heartbreaking and haunting work.”—Library Journal, starred review
From the Hardcover edition.