'Pierpont's debut is undeniably confident and mature…With some admirably forceful realism…brave'.
Among the Ten Thousand ThingsJulia Pierpont
Longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2016
An anonymous package arrives in the post: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling New York-artist Jack’s secret life. The package is addressed to his wife Deb, but it’s delivered into the wrong hands: her children’s. With this vertiginous opening begins a heart-stopping debut about a family blown apart by an affair, yet still painfully tethered together.
'Definitely an author to watch'.
'An incredibly easy and enjoyable read...storytelling at its absolute best.'
'Ten out of ten'
'A whip-smart dissection of a crumbling marriage...astonishing...Pierpont excels in sharp dialogue and deft pen-portraits'.
'A novel you can dive into on the plane and lose yourself in until you come up for air a few days later, looking at all your holiday books suspiciously because can they ever truly compete with this one'.
'Fast-paced, quietly funny...poignant and convincing...In this accomplished and clever debut novel, Pierpont contrasts the ideals of youth with the realities of adulthood. It is a nuanced portrait of a family in freefall, told by an author whose grip on the harness is never in doubt.'
'Explosive...what makes Pierpont stand out is her writing: understated yet intense, it captures each family member's emotional vicissitudes with an acuity that is devastating and funny, confirms Pierpont as a bold, self-assured new voice.'
'[An] assured debut...Pierpont avoids the obvious...sifting through the strains on loyalty that betrayal imposes on children'
'You just can't put Julia Pierpont's Among The Ten Thousand Things down. It's set to be huge.'
'The closeness we get to each of the individual characters is not a common experience in a novel'.