Praise for Claire Mulligan's The Dark
"Claire Mulligan's latest novel, The Dark, is that rare animal, scarcely
seen: a story so compelling it feels destined for bestseller-dom, yet
rendered in a style that brings to mind the ever-vivid, perspicacious
(and hilarious) Flannery O'Connor. Style meet content; content meet
style — Mulligan's novel has it all."
—The Globe and Mail
"The Dark walks a tightrope between mystery and literary fiction.
Mulligan's writing is sharp and propulsive without sacrificing
authenticity or tone, and the dense, detailed plot refuses to buckle as
it moves steadily toward its altogether rewarding conclusion."
—Quill & Quire
"Mulligan's understanding of the period lends a real richness to the
story... The lexicon of the novel is also redolent of the period, and you
can sense Mulligan luxuriating in the richness of it... offering us the
opportunity to experience spiritualism as a new and fascinating
"The Dark is a triumph. It delves into the past with skill and
precision. It reflects on what and why people believe what they do. It
feels palpably real and it is hugely entertaining."
—The Vancouver Sun
"[Mulligan] adeptly knits reality with fiction... [her] effort is noble
and the story of the Fox sisters bewitching."
"As in her previous novel, Mulligan displays her talent for historical
research in The Dark. She uses the surging changes of the mid-19th
century, including women's suffrage, the Temperance movement, the
abolition of slavery and the carnage of the American Civil War, as well
as inventions such as the telegraph, to show a time in which anything
—Winnipeg Free Press
Praise for Claire Mulligan's The Reckoning of Boston Jim
Longlisted for the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Finalist for the 2008 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
“The Reckoning of Boston Jim marks the appearance of a writer fully in command of her strengths. It deserves every accolade that can be applied to it.”—Vancouver Sun
“This is a clever and assured first novel that deserves to be noticed and announces a strong new voice in Canadian storytelling.”—Quill & Quire (starred review)