The Latest on Kimberly Elkins’ What Is Visible

Kimberly Elkins

Kimberly Elkins’ (fiction ’10) debut novel, What Is Visible (Grand Central/Twelve, 6/14) continues to garner critical acclaim! It received a wonderful review by Barbara Kingsolver on the cover of the New York Times Book Review and was picked as a NYTBR Editors’ Choice, in addition to being chosen as The Most Inspirational Book of 2014 by Woman’s Day, listed in Best Summer Debuts by the LA Times and Library Journal, and awarded the June Top Fiction Pick by Bookpage. What Is Visible was also featured recently on NBC’s Weekend Today Show, and on NPR Weekend Edition.

According to the Washington Post, “Elkins makes this great American woman visible again, in all her remarkable, fully human complexity”: The Atlanta Constitution-Journal calls the book “a literary triumph,” and the Toronto Star named it “a tour de force, uplifting and powerful.”  The Atlantic Monthly says:

“Kimberly Elkins gives Bridgman her defiant due in re-imagining her fascinating, now-forgotten story… The world Elkins discovers within is anything but muted. In tactile prose, she evokes a soul and a body with hungers (yes, there is sex) that none of Bridgman’s guides begins to imagine.”

Note that WIV is published by a division of Hachette, and so the battle between Amazon and Hachette is having a profound negative impact on sales–the book couldn’t even be pre-ordered!—so if you’re going to buy it, please don’t buy from Amazon.

Congratulations, Kimberly!

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