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A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
Aug 06, 2019 | ISBN 9781984823021
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Praise for A Ladder to the Sky:

Washington Post: “50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2018”
An ABA IndieNext Pick 
Esquire: “Best Books of 2018 (So Far)”
Town & Country: “5 Books You Need to Read in November”
Vulture: “Best New Books of November”
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Best Books of 2018″

“Boyne’s mastery of perspective, last seen in 2017’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies, works beautifully here….Boyne understands that it’s far more interesting and satisfying for a reader to see that narcissist in action than to be told a catchall phrase. Each step Maurice Swift takes skyward reveals a new layer of calumny he’s willing to engage in, and the desperation behind it….so dark it seems almost impossible to enjoy reading A Ladder to the Sky as much as you definitely will enjoy reading it.” —NPR

“John Boyne’s delicious new novel A Ladder to the Sky… spins out over several decades with thrilling unpredictability, following Maurice as he masters the art of co-opting the stories of others in increasingly dubious ways. And while the book reads as a thriller with a body count that would make Highsmith proud, it is also an exploration of morality and art: Where is the line between inspiration and thievery? To whom does a story belong?”—Vanity Fair

“Maurice has the heart of a sniper… marvelously engaging, barbed and witty.” —New York Times Book Review

“A darkly funny novel that races like a beating heart.”– People

“Maurice Swift may not be much of a novelist, but he inhabits a literary tradition going to back to Patricia Highsmith. Boyne’s protagonist is Tom Ripley as literary climber… Boyne’s novel is about high literature but has lower, juicier ambitions, at which it wildly succeeds.”– Vulture

“For Patricia Highsmith fans, thriller aficionados, writers, publishers, literary wannabees, scoundrel sympathizers, John Boyne offers the perfect entertainment for dark winter days.” – Boston Globe

“A taut and gripping novel… as craftily written as Swift himself.”– Esquire

“It’s dark, it’s funny, it’s the most unusual read I had this year….You will read it like that. Highly recommend it.”
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“A Talented Mr. Ripley-esque novel of greed and deceit.” – New York Post

“John Boyne’s new novel charts the rise and fall of an antihero cut from the same cloth as Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley…. Darkly comic and deliciously vicious, this mesmerizing portrait of a ruthless psychopath explores artistic endeavor, creative ambition and ‘whether our stories belong to us at all.’” Minneapolis Star Tribune

“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         

“Are novelists, by definition, monsters?  John Boyne raises this provocative possibility in “A Ladder to the Sky”… A deft plotter, Boyne has fun with the idea that vampiring is simply part of what novelists do, and he implicates readers in their acts of thievery-as-creation by making us like despicable Maurice, almost against our will.”  Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Deliciously venomous… A Ladder to the Sky is an entertaining, if deeply cynical portrait of the literary world.” Bookpage

“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.” Monocle

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

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


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