Critics Rave about Bonnie Nadzam’s Debut Novel Lamb

Find out why people are raving about this though-provoking debut.

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At Read It Forward, we’re always excited to read a debut that’s getting lots of buzz, and Bonnie Nadzam’s Lamb has critics raving. Some of our favorite authors admire Lamb, and with good reason. This is a stunning debut.

Lamb is one of the most powerful and original novels I have read in years. Beautiful, evocative, and brilliant.” —T.C. Boyle

Lamb is a remarkable debut, by a writer to watch. I will be thinking about these characters for a long time.” —Aimee Bender

Lamb is a wonder of a novel.” —Percival Everett

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“Every sentence in Bonnie Nadzam’s Lamb teaches us about love, necessity, and the mysteries of the heart….This utterly compelling novel has launched a major new voice in American fiction.” —David Mason

“Bonnie Nadzam’s debut is gripping, gorgeous, and utterly original….This book will jolt you awake.” —Anna North

“Only an immensely promising young writer could bestow such grace on such troubled characters.” —Boston Globe

“Beautifully written.” —More Magazine, Editor’s Picks: The Hottest Fall Novels

“Surprisingly tender, highly inappropriate….” —Time Out New York

Lamb traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle aged man with a tendency toward dishonesty, in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and even comes to believe that his devotion to Tommie is in her best interest.

But when Lamb decides to abduct a willing Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her into the beauty of the mountain wilderness, they are both shaken in ways neither of them expects.

Check out an excerpt from Lamb  from our friends at scribd: Lamb

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Bonnie studied at Wheaton North High School, Carleton College, and the University of Southern California, where she earned an MA and PhD. She lives with her longtime love in Northern Colorado.

About Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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