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About the Author
Max Porter is the author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, which won the International Dylan Thomas Prize and The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was short-listed for The Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize.

"Max Porter does damaged psyche well. . . . In Porter's winning new novel, Lanny, despair and unsettling entities are again on the menu, as are hard-won grace and beauty."--The New York Times Book Review

"A hybrid morality tale about environmental awareness, parenthood, and growing up, Lanny is enriched by its textures and stylized approach."--The New Yorker

"Porter's framework has enabled him to write a book that is part poetry and part prose, where each main character feels like a member of a chorus delivering a soliloquy, some humorous, many others pained."--Washington Post

"A striking work of experimental fiction and a fine follow-up to Porter's Grief Is the Thing With Feathers."--USA Today

"A dreamy whodunnit."--WSJ Magazine

"[Lanny is] a bravura performance -- of language and understanding at their outer and innermost limits."--Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"Put Lanny at the top of your 'to read' list and be prepared for sentences that take your breath away."--Pioneer Press

"[Lanny is written] with an extraordinary verve that's by turns lyric, eerie, and comical. . . . Porter may also have written the first great Brexit novel: a book about the deepest, oldest, strangest sense of itself that England possesses."--4Columns

"[Porter offers] the ultimate incantation of nature and its pitiless sovereignty. . . . Lanny is one of the most beautiful novels of the past decade."--BookPage

"Porter's prose is undeniably gorgeous. . . . This novel about family, the power of the woods and the creative spirit, centered on a special young boy, will charm any reader."--Shelf Awareness

"Porter is an enchanter with words. . . . Elegantly mysterious: a story worthy of an M.R. James or even a Henry James and a welcome return by an author eminently worth reading."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"In his bold second novel, Porter combines pastoral, satire, and fable in the entrancing tale of a boy who vanishes from an idyllic British village. . . . This is a dark and thrilling excavation into a community's legend-packed soil."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[Lanny] delivers quite the punch with its combination of unlikely effervescence, authentic emotion, and literary exploration. . . . Porter has created both an entertaining tale and a novel of exceptionally creative experimentation and genre extension."--Booklist, starred review

"This imaginative novel starts off dreamily, picks up speed, and races to a propulsive conclusion. A guaranteed edge-of-your-seat read."--Library Journal, starred review

"What's weird and wonderful about Lanny is that it pays attention to and celebrates all the things ordinary people in an ordinary village say, finding them remarkable. . . . But what's weirder and more wonderful about Lanny is that it finds a way--with no time wasted--to bring together all the essential signs of England. . . . But for all its apparent sentiment about its special, magical boy, Porter's book is far from being a genre-compliant missing-child narrative. It's slipperier and more complex. . . . Porter has performed a remarkable metaphysical trick."--London Review of Books (UK)

"It's hard to express how much I loved Lanny. Books this good don't come along very often. It's a novel like no other, an exhilarating, disquieting, joyous read. It will reach into your chest and take hold of your heart. Every page is a joy. It's a novel to press into the hands of everyone you know and say, read this."--Maggie O'Farrell

"Max Porter writes like no one else and it is impossible not to be swept along and astounded. Lanny is a wonder."--Daisy Johnson

"The writing is stunning and deeply affecting. The plot thunders along. This is a book that resolutely refuses to be categorised but to get somewhere close, think: Under Milk Wood meets Broadchurch."--Nathan Filer

"It takes a special kind of genius to create something which is both so strange and yet so compulsive."--Mark Haddon

"It shouldn't be possible for a book to be simultaneously heart-stopping, heart-shaking and pulse-racing, but that is only one of the extraordinary feats Max Porter pulls off in this astonishing novel."--Kamila Shamsie

"A powerful yet tender reclamation of the imagination, love, and artmaking--all of it a brilliant defense of the outsider's tenuous foothold in society."--Ocean Vuong

"Reading Lanny is like going to the back of the garden to find the exact spot where magic and menace meet. It's delightful and dark, stark and stylish, and as strange as it is scary--I loved it."--Claire Cameron