Alison Clement

observations from a novelist who sometimes wants to say something small and see it published immediately

Alison Clement

“Clement’s unique voice, her keen sense of place, and her wonderful humor animate her debut novel.” Matthew Roüdane, editor South Atlantic Review

“Clement’s subtle prose renders June’s existential pondering and anxious thoughts convincingly, and the novel’s intriguing plot elements click.” Publishers Weekly 

“a master of plot surprises” School Library Journal

“Alison Clement has accomplished that rare feat of a literary page-turner.  The prose is deceptively straightforward and the characters eerily ordinary and recognizable.  Beneath a simple surface runs a complex and frightening subterranean story, one that continues to produce surprises and insights, the most alarming of which might be that this is every person’s psychology, every town’s fraught underside.  This book satisfies at all levels.  Oregon Book Award judge, Antonya Nelson

“There is an insidious thread of dread that runs through Clement’s subtly malevolent yet intensely empathetic portrait of desperate lives spun out of control by fear and remorse.”  Booklist

“wrestles eloquently with some meaty issues: lies, responsibility, chance.”  Kirkus Review

“passes the test with an A”.  BookPage

“No question about it, Clement has shown herself again as a novelist worthy of our attention.”  Denver Post, James Hoggard 

“Clement writes with ease and a sense of humor”
The Houston Chronicle

“Clement’s wildly entertaining first novel presents a complex character who quenches the thirst for straightforwardness despite her many shortcomings and ignites the pages with lusty passages spewed from a volcano of pent-up desire.” Booklist

“a fresh, spunky heroine who lights up this first novel. Recommended for all fiction collections.” 
 The Library Journal 

“Clement writes with ease and inherent humor.”  The Houston Chronicle

“If Lucy Fooshee’s story doesn’t make readers both howl with laughter and cry with empathy, they might want to check themselves for a pulse! For in Alison Clement’s fiction debut, she has created a thoroughly real protagonist—one whose struggle for identity and transcendence will mirror their own.”  The Barnes & Noble Review from Discover Great New Writers (Fall 2001 Selection)

6 replies

  1. Out of politeness, shouldn’t you mention your companion in the photo? He doesn’t look like a very old cat to me. 🙂 Isn’t that Riley?

  2. “Observations from a novelist who sometimes wants to say something small and see it published immediately” Nice and ha ha ha! I don’t trust blogs without funny titles. And congrats on not one but TWO published books. Get it, girl! That’s a new American expression I’ve picked up watching Toddlers and Tiaras. We don’t actually say that in Canada. I might be single handedly responsible for bringing it across the boarder.


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