Maud Casey's The Man Who Walked Away has received phenomenal praise. The novel, published by Bloomsbury in March, is about a man who walks across Europe in a trance-like state and the doctor from whom he seeks help.
Check out our publicity round-up below!
The New York Times Book Review published a rave review from Geraldine Brooks! Brooks called The Man Who Walked Away "richly engaged with language...Poignant, touching."
The book also appeared in the Editor's Choice column in The New York Times Book Review.
The Washington Post published a glowing review, praising Casey for "evok[ing]--with no shortage of verve and gusto--the romance of 19th-century Europe."
National Public Radio (NPR) called Casey's handling of her story "a feat as graceful as it is clever" in its stellar review!
The Washington Independent Review of Books released another rave review, calling the novel "intelligent, superb...a beautiful, poignant story worth considering and reconsidering."
Kirkus Reviews gave the novel a starred review, too, and listed it in their "Most Overlooked Books" and "9 Novels Based on Extraordinary True Stories" lists!
The Washingtonian named The Man Who Walked Away a "Top Ten Book for March"!
The Man Who Walked Away was named a Publishers Weekly Book of the Week and received a starred review!
And here are excerpts of the amazing reviews:
“Lyrical in its style and fascinating in its psychology, Casey’s narrative provokes a host of intriguing questions beyond those the Doctor raises, and Casey is wise enough as an author not to provide easy answers.” --Kirkus, starred review
“Haunting...unconventional and engaging...Though her plot is solidly rooted in the history of medicine...Casey’s true focus is human rather than clinical. Our need for stories, our relationship with time, the inevitability of loss, and our startling endurance all resonate through her beautifully crafted interweaving of image and observation, fairy tale and fact.” --Publishers Weekly, starred review
“If I were blurbing Maud Casey’s The Man Who Walked Away, I’d be hard pressed to avoid labeling it ‘luminous’ and ‘liminal,’ and maybe even ‘lyrical’ and ‘plangent.’ Casey is a consummate stylist, and her new book is so richly engaged with language, so profligate with glorious sentences, that at times the prose ascends to the level of poetry. This is a writer who pays a deep, sensual attention to the world...Poignant and touching.” --Geraldine Brooks, The New York Times Book Review
“Casey’s book is a vivid chronicle of the time, bringing alive the mysteries and joys of a fledgling science...Shucking the theme of contemporary angst, Casey evokes — with no shortage of verve and gusto — the romance of 19th-century Europe...The Man Who Walked Away is as compelling a portrait as you will find of the co-dependence between psychiatrist and patient.” --The Washington Post
“Intelligent, superb...Casey’s spectacular third novel...is a meditation on the elusive nature of time and life, the way they approach and leave us...Casey’s capable hands have elevated these ideas into a beautiful, poignant story worth considering and reconsidering...Her prose leaves rich morsels on almost every page, satisfying in both beauty and complexity of thought...Casey’s characters find companionship and anchors in one another, and we are fortunate to find such company in this treasure of a book.” --Washington Independent Review of Books
“If you're listening closely enough, you might just hear [Casey] pull off a feat as graceful as it is clever...Casey handles the story expertly.” --National Public Radio
“Maud Casey's The Man Who Walked Away is a haunting, deeply empathetic, and rigorously intelligent novel. It is also seamless marvel of construction and language. The Man Who Walked Away cast a spell from which I never wished to wake.” --Alice Sebold, internationally bestselling author of The Lovely Bones
“Pay attention, this lovely novel urges. As Maud Casey spins this mysteriously urgent tale of patient and doctor entwining, her quicksilver prose yields one astonishing image after another: each moment fleetingly beautiful, each character here—here!—and nowhere else. As this novel is like nothing else. Reading it is a singularly moving experience.” --Andrea Barrett, National Book Award-winning author of Ship Fever and Archangel
“The Man Who Walked Away is a book of enchantments of an extremely intelligent kind. Dreamlike and sharply real, the novel unfolds in a nineteenth-century asylum where all the inmates have their own poetry of delusion, fear turned to metaphor. Wildly original fiction, with a particular melancholy magic.” --Joan Silber, bestselling author of Ideas of Heaven and The Size of the World