If you look at the Amazon page for our latest release, The Call House: A Washington Novel by C.P. Stiles, what you'll see is just like that empty theater. Nothing. No reviews.
Only that's not really true. There have been some great reviews. And they've been taken down. No use fighting it, but what we will do is post them here instead.
And you know all those nice notes people write but then they never put them up as reviews? We're going to string a few of those together here as well. It's a tough slog for a new book and this one is worth knowing about. So here are a few (we're keeping them anonymous, but honest, they're from real reader letters).
It was an easy, terrific read! I loved the structure and while a dossier on each character might have helped at the beginning, I sorted it all out quickly. Cant believe how era specific and well researched. The narration was crisp and the dialog ws great. I hope it makes it to the beaches all over the US. Really really terrific. The characters come alive in the detail.
Now for my take on The Call House, which I have started reading and which is amazing. What hit me first was how smooth it reads, like silk, truly. The short chapters are like small pearls on a string (ok, mixed metaphor); the narrative carries the reader on like a river, which was why I read much more than I planned last night, couldn't stop. The best thing of all, well, one of two best things, is how Ms Stiles trusts the reader to know only the details offered, as they are offered. It's a gorgeous act of compression. The other best thing is that it's about something very interesting -- good people, bad people, in an environment of politics and policing sure to bring out the extreme worst (best?) in everybody.
If you do pick up a copy - and we really hope you do - and you like it, please let us know. We'd be happy to add your comments even if they don't show up any place else.
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