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A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

A Ladder to the Sky

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
Nov 13, 2018 | 384 Pages
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Praise for A Ladder to the Sky:

An ABA IndieNext Pick 

“A Ladder to the Sky is clever, chilling and beautifully paced; a study of inner corrosion that Patricia Highsmith herself could not have done better… wickedly astute.” 
The Times (London) 

“Maurice Swift is a literary Tom Ripley . . . a first-class page turner.” 
The Guardian

“A deliciously dark tale of ambition, seduction and literary theft . . . compelling and terrifying . . . powerful and intensely unsettling . . . in Maurice Swift, Boyne has given us an unforgettable protagonist, dangerous and irresistible in equal measure. The result is an ingeniously conceived novel that confirms Boyne as one of the most assured writers of his generation.”
The Observer         

“Boyne’s fast-paced, white-knuckle plot, accompanied by delightfully sardonic commentary on the ego, insecurities, and pitfalls of those involved in the literary world, makes for a truly engrossing experience.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Boyne expertly explores notions of originality and authorship through multiple first-person accounts of the despicable Swift. As a result, his latest novel is absorbing, horrifying, and recommended.”
Library Journal (starred review)
“An all-consuming ambition to be a successful writer drives a young man down unusual paths to literary acclaim in this compelling character study…. Boyne’s singular villain and well-sustained tension merit a good audience.”
Kirkus (starred review)

“Well-crafted…The novel unfolds in an extremely layered manner, but what Swift’s story slowly reveals says much about publishing, pride, deceit, and plagiarism—and worse, much worse.”
– Booklist

“Maurice Swift, as cold and manipulative a character as you’re likely to meet this year . . . the story takes an ever darkening series of twists and turns . . . John Boyne is a master storyteller . . . this chilling and darkly comic tale of unrelenting ambition.” 
– Express

“Skillfully constructed, and above all, compulsively entertaining…The finest novel of the year.”
– The Irish Examiner

“A dark morality tale in the mold of Patricia Highsmith . . . consistently intriguing.”
 Daily Mail
“As a study in the self-rationalizing ‘ethics’ of a psychopath, this book is fascinating. As a story, it is horrifically plausible.”
– The Sunday Independent
“A riot of a read… An author at the top of his game who knows exactly what he wants to say.”
– The Sunday Times
“Irresistibly readable and darkly funny.”
– The Irish Independent

“A highly enjoyable romp that lifts the lid on authorial vanity and jealousy and an intelligent take on cultural appropriation.” 

“Boyne has had fun creating a charismatic psychopath . . . it’s engrossing stuff.” 

“Boyne delivers a perfect balance of pace and detail to keep you gripped throughout.”
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