Reviews

"[Tinti] creates a darkly comedic and bewitching, sinister yet life-affirming tale about the eternal battle between good and evil."
Booklist, starred review

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  NYtimes "An American Dickensian tale with touches of Harry Potterish whimsy...plain-spoken fiction full of traditional virtues: strong plotting, pure lucidity, visceral momentum and a total abesence of writerly mannerisms."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times

 

NYTBR "Tinti is lavish in her storytelling gifts, which are prodigious." --Maile Meloy, The New York Times Book Review

 




washpost "The key to Tinti's success with this novel is the constant tenstion between tenderness and peril, a tension that she ratchets up until the final pages."--Ron Charles, The Washington Post

 



bostonglobe

   "Reminds you of why you fell in love with reading in the first place."--Julie Wittes Schlack, The Boston Globe

 



ew-harry

"Tinti secures her place as one of the sharpest, slyest young American novelists."--Entertainment Weekly






  sfchronicle_logo   Hannah Tinti's novel The Good Thief has all the makings of a classic."--Meghan Ward, San Francisco Chronicle

 





OMag

"One of the freshest, most beguiling narratives this side of Oliver Twist."--O:The Oprah Magazine  


ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE GOOD THIEF:

“Hannah Tinti has written a lighting strike of a novel—beautiful and haunting and ever so bright. She is a 21st century Robert Louis Stevenson, an adventuress who lays bare her characters' hearts with a precision and a fearlessness that will leave you shaken." ~Junot Diaz, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

"Every once in a while -- if you are very lucky -- you come upon a novel so marvelous and enchanting and rare that you wish everyone in the world would read it, as well. THE GOOD THIEF is just such a book -- a beautifully composed work of literary magic. That masterpieces don't come along very often only makes it more wonderful to experience." ~Elizabeth Gilbert, Bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love

"THE GOOD THIEF is a book that deserves comparison to the work of classic authors like Robert Louis Stevenson and Charles Dickens--not only because it's a remarkable piece of work, but also because it reminded me of what it used to be like, when I was a kid, to be truly engrossed in a book. You lift your head and hours have passed, and you realize that you've been utterly drawn into a world that is as vivid and real as your own. A masterful achievement." ~Dan Chaon, National Book Award finalist and author of Among the Missing and You Remind Me of Me

"THE GOOD THIEF is a magical book. Everything worth writing about is in it: love, death and—more than anything else—family. I wish I'd written it.” ~Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish and Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician

“Hannah Tinti writes with uncommon grace and stunning insight. Her quirky tribe of outcasts will break into your dreams and steal your spirit. Surrender to them! Let your heart be broken! Only then will you know the tender thrill of their wild companionship.” ~Melanie Rae Thon, author of Iona Moon and First, Body

“Hannah Tinti's novel THE GOOD THIEF is wry, wise, deeply felt and ingeniously plotted, a wonderful, riveting spin on the tale of abandoned boys gone bad, or good, or both. Move over Huck Finn and Oliver Twist, make room for Ren, The Good Thief's one-handed but quick-fingered and witted orphan, thief, hero—I loved him, and his book.” ~Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England

“THE GOOD THIEF is a dark, Dickensian fable filled with enough surprises to keep a reader turning pages long past midnight. Irresistibly strange, and just plain irresistible.” ~Karl Iagnemma, author of The Expeditions

"Think Hawthorne crossed with George Romero, or Twain with Stephen King. By turns grisly, comic, and tender, THE GOOD THIEF is a great, great novel." ~Justin Cronin, Pen-Hemingway award winner and author of Mary and O’Neill and The Summer Guest

"Wildly inventive and surprising, Hannah Tinti's extraordinary first novel stands in a class with Geek Love and The World According to Garp." ~Kate Walbert, National Book Award finalist and author of Our Kind and The Gardens of Kyoto

"This wonderfully old-fashioned novel, rendered with great heart and imagination, demonstrates that Hannah Tinti's talents are as awe-inspiring as the story she tells. Tinti is a formidable writer, and THE GOOD THIEF is a stay-up-all-night sort of read." ~Brady Udall, author of The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint