Bookshelf

The Last Cruise

 

In The Last Cruise Kate Christensen has given us  a smart literary thriller whose ambitions extend well beyond its genre.  It’s terrifying in ways you don’t expect.

– Richard Russo

 

 

How to Cook a Moose

“Her enthusiasm for her adopted home and its ethos of sustainability is as abundant as the lovingly crafted descriptions of stunning landscapes and mouthwatering meals—the recipes for which Christensen includes in the book—she and her partner prepared together in their kitchen.”

-Kirkus

 

 

Blue Plate Special

“Blue Plate Special is the memoir of an utterly original thinker, a free-spirited gourmand, and a great American writer. It’s an expert guide on inspiration, ingenuity, heartbreak, buoyancy, home, love, family, screwing up, bouncing back and perfecting the bacon-cheddar biscuit.”

-Gillian Flynn, author of Gone GirlDark Places, and Sharp Objects

 

The Astral

“Christensen has the makings of a major American author. Her storytelling derives organically from a firm grasp of characterization and how people work, flaws and all. The Astral, artfully composed and emotionally tender, is evidence of true literary genius.”

The Miami Herald

 

Trouble

“You may experience feelings of exhilaration while reading Trouble. This is normal and is caused by the fact that Christensen is the kind of writer who’s willing to say things most people don’t dare to. And she knows exactly how to say them.”

Time

 

The Great Man

“Nimble, witty and discerning, Kate Christensen is single-handedly reinvigorating the comedy of manners with her smart and disemboweling novels of misanthropes, cultural and aesthetic divides, private angst, social ambition and appetites run amok.”

-Chicago Tribune

The Epicure's Lament

“There is a definite scarcity of good monsters these days…This makes one appreciate Hugo Whittier, the narrator and quasi-hero of Kate Christensen’s remarkable novel The Epicure’s Lament, all the more…Christensen gives a virtuoso performance, tossing off perfect sentences seemingly at random, delivering them with a sneer that makes them more delicious.”

-Time Magazine

Jeremy Thrane

“Christensen knows how to capture singlehood in the little things, like listening, with longing and satisfied remove, to your new roommate and his lover chatting. Details like this will keep you hooked.”

-Mademoiselle

 

In The Drink

 

“Like its protagonist, Christensen’s book is funny and intelligent, filled with dead-on New York character types and locales.”

-The Baltimore Sun

 

 

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