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Jan 30, 2024 | ISBN 9780593536865

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Held may be one of the most romantic books I’ve ever read . . . Gorgeous . . . Surprisingly expansive . . . Hauntingly beautiful . . . The whole novel is spiked with little detonations of awe . . . Michaels publishes novels so deliberately that each one entrances readers of a new decade.”
—Ron Charles, Washington Post

“Dazzling . . . Held breaks new ground . . . It’s clear that Michaels’s writing continues to stand head and shoulders above most other fiction.”
The Observer
“Michaels offers a profound literary experience that is executed with subtlety, grace, and an exquisite intuition for the secret burning pulses of humanity that thrum beyond time . . . There is an intense, mysterious beauty that infuses Michaels’s precise prose with a compelling power that is exquisite . . . Michaels illuminates how the internal life of one person can transcend all external influence. How the interiority of an individual—their capacity for love, empathy, and desire for connection—can be an invisible force of agency that effects change in almost unfathomable ways . . . Michaels has continued to spellbind readers across the globe.”
Irish Times
“Michaels is a writer who moves gracefully between award-winning poetry and captivating fiction—and there is a lyrical beauty to the novel . . . Her descriptions are full of clarity and unsettling insight . . . The gorgeous Held confirms why she believes that ‘hope is never a luxury. It is a necessity, and it is powerful.’ With Anne Michaels, you know you are in the presence of a real and rich sensibility.”
Independent, Best Books of 2023
“Few authors balance the atrocities of history with the consolations of human relationships quite so effectively as Anne Michaels. She has an uncanny talent . . . Her alchemical abilities are undimmed . . . There is a truth to the humanity she depicts.”
Financial Times

“A cleverly fragmented tale of love, memory, and time shuffles the hopes and dreams of four generations . . . She demonstrates that fugitive pieces can make up a structure as strong and as meaningful as a finished monument.”
The Guardian
“Beautifully and sensitively accomplished . . . Readers should feel lucky . . . I found myself reading back over whole paragraphs just for the pleasure of it.”
The Arts Desk
“Michaels’s grave, graceful third novel is a timely, resonant reminder of the trauma of war and the wreckage that it inflicts . . . Michaels has such a delicate touch as she deals with these weighty matters.”
Daily Mail

Held is a powerful, prophetic, and poetic work . . . Readers [should] hold tight to Held, a novel for our times—one that starts with war, then moves forward and backwards and forward again with love and with hope.”
Winnipeg Free Press
“‘Gorgeous,’ ‘sublime,’ ‘intensely beautiful’—this novel lives up to every word of praise contained in its glowing reviews . . . A pleasure to read, each elegant chapter is set in a distinct place and moment in time, connecting multiple generations of characters and the ghosts that walk beside them.”
National Post

“Exquisite . . . There is a profound richness to this novel . . . The narrative momentum never falters. Just as the characters are held by their love for others, readers are safely held in the utterly tactile and emotional embrace of this incredible novel.”
—Candace Fertile, Quill & Quire (starred review)

“A gorgeous meditation on whether the ghost in the machine is actually in our hearts . . . Michaels artfully extracts, and reweaves, the often-invisible threads connecting the lives of her characters . . . A multi-faceted and subtle discussion of what keeps animating the web of existence.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Sublime . . . The joys and sorrows of passionate love and grief and the physics of memory are conveyed through the characters’ profound and lyrical musings . . . Michaels brings her poet’s finesse and soulfulness to this exquisite, deeply moving paean to love and life’s insistence and beauty.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

“I was blown away by the scale, beauty, weave and thinking of this book . . . It dances with words, time and ideas in a way that seems to reinvent everything I know about the novel . . . and it’s such a transporting read too. It’s exquisite—I am in awe.” —Rachel Joyce, author of Miss Benson’s Beetle
“Luminescent . . . Her stunning prose sustains the book’s enchanted mood from start to finish. Each page of this masterpiece has a line worth savoring.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Anne Michaels’s compelling novel, Held, couldn’t be more timely: war and its damages, passed through generations over a century. Through luminous moments of chance, change, and even grace, Michaels shows us our humanity—its depths and shadows.” —Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

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