The Dogs of Littlefield

praise for The Dogs of Littlefield

“Nothing sucks a reader in like psychological menace, and Berne is a master of the craft…. THE DOGS OF LITTLEFIELD is so absorbing that I kept forgetting to take notes. [E]ven the throwaway characters jump off the page.” The New York Times Book Review

“Near-flawless satire of middle-class America. Like John Updike, Evan Connell, Jane Gardam, and other masters of understatement, Berne draws us into the everyday life of an unremarkable place yet maintains an ironic perspective, her keen eye and her laconic wit missing nothing and sparing nobody.” The Boston Globe

“I don't have the room to list all of the things at which Berne excels. She's a top-rate architect, gardener, community planner and sky writer for one thing…. She captures the anxiety that seeps in through the young affluents, the unhappiness that attends those who are supposed to be happy, the chatter at school musicals, the politics of community gatherings, the purple clouds that hang over the heads of "Twilight" readers, the yawning chasm in the soul of a second-tier writer, the inexhaustible stasis of over-examined lives. Berne, it is clear, has been watching us very carefully.” Chicago Tribune

“[A] tour de force.…The writing couldn’t be better or smarter…her descriptions of all things human and emotional are spot-on, witty and so very smart…What a good job Berne has done, making the grandiose funny.” The Washington Post

“A clever canine whodunit…A humorous, suspenseful satire about suburbia’s manicured charm and what lies beneath.” People

“[W]onderfully entertaining…in fact, the funniest (new) book I have read in some time.” Katherine A. Powers

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The Dogs of Littlefield (UK edition)

praise for The Dogs of Littlefield

"A compelling, poignant yet unsentimental novel that examines life, love and loss. Original and brilliant" –Sunday Mirror

"Nuanced, thoroughly enjoyable, excellent" –Guardian

"Very well­written, devastating and funny ... insightful, too. Highly recommended" –Daily Mail

"Brilliantly done. Gentle and often moving" –Sunday Times

"Well-observed shrewd satire . . . sharp, funny and painful. Berne takes the domestic and turns it into the majestic" –Sunday Telegraph

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A Crime in the Neighborhood

praise for A Crime in the Neighborhood

“Suzanne Berne’s haunting novel of childhood memory, A Crime in the Neighborhood, immerses the reader in a situation where repressed emotions produce intolerable, complex results. Sparingly written and full of insight, [it is] a stunning novel of rare quality.” —Orange Prize citation

“A remarkable first novel that captures the history of child-parent relations in the last quarter-century, from the adults’ betrayal to the new generation’s revenge.”— New York Times Book Review, Notable Books of 1997 citation

“Through seamless narrative structure, an extraordinary sense of lightness and suspense and a deeply affecting conclusion, Berne’s debut delivers a resonant portrait of a girl’s, a community’s, and a country’s loss of innocence.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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The Ghost at the Table

praise for The Ghost at the Table

“From its emotionally intricate first paragraph, Suzanne Berne's The Ghost at the Table is a crash course in sibling rivalry, with its cutthroat dueling for dominance and parental love. . . . The intersection of memory and morality is where this compelling novel makes its home.” —O: The Oprah Magazine

“A witty, moving and psychologically astute story about siblings and the disparate ways they remember common experiences from childhood. . . . Wholly engaging, the perfect spark for launching a rich conversation around your own table once the dishes have been cleared.” —Washington Post Book World

“The Ghost at the Table will haunt you long after you have read the final page. You may feel compelled to return, to assure yourself you have understood who's telling the truth or even what the truth is. . . Berne is masterful. She weaves wonderfully well the dark facts Cynthia brandishes of sisters past with the murky unfinished business of this Thanksgiving gathering.”—Chicago Tribune

“Here is an utterly unique take on the arrangements we call family, asking the age-old question in a brand new way: What are the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, the stories we tell of others? Tucked into the page-turning suspense found here are subtle surprising truths.” —Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge

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A Perfect Arrangement

praise for A Perfect Arrangement

“A probing, intelligent exploration of a contemporary family with a strong sense of entitlement. . . . A Perfect Arrangement has at its heart the ability of human beings to let their own needs distort their vision, at great cost. . . . [A] penetrating, beautifully written novel.” —New York Times Book Review

“An ineffable scariness pervades Suzanne Berne’s two novels. . . . Berne uses familiar circumstances to explore the treacheries, big and small, that invade family relationships. . . . A Perfect Arrangement shows enormous intelligence about expectations, and what people hide from themselves and palm off on each other.”—Washington Post Book World

“Has any novelist written so well on contemporary family life? Not likely—for even if the talent were there, it would take considerable guts to do what Suzanne Berne has done in A Perfect Arrangement.” —Hartford Courant

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