"Whimsy, muscular good fun, and scarifying wisdom mark this spectacularly well told parable by one of America’s most adventurous writers."
— Thomas Keneally
"Readers in quest of civilized fun are advised to visit Freeland at once. Forget Shangri-La, Angria, Islandia, Graustark. Freeland has it all: a richly invented society, comical in its detail…romance wit, compelling description…and, strewn throughout this playful, wholehearted work, an array of subtly illuminating political metaphors."
— Norman Rush
"Two wildly idealistic main characters propel this grand, sprawling, satiric novel…But its appeal lies mostly in the pleasure of watching Leithauser’s extraordinarily rich imagination at play as he conjures an entire people out of the frigid waters of the North Atlantic."
— Publishers Weekly