The spirit of the book is infectious, and Powell has done
a fine job of casting her spell. She has managed to create
a world where the sad business of estrangement, mourning
and betrayal coexists with the unseen childhood world of
light and happiness... The Welsh countryside has never seemed
so alluring, or the existence of simple magic, despite the
disappointments of adult life, so probable. "
New York Times Book Review
charming and thought-provoking tale that walks the line
between fantasy and reality with all the skill of a tightrope
artist. The British-born Powell, now an NYU grad student,
has made a splendid start."
"Powell makes a charming debut with this touching comedy
that explored childhood fantasies as well as messy adult
truths about family relationships. Powell's wry, playful
tone, assured voice and unerring eye for detail make her
one to watch."
alarmingly young author Sophie Powell makes an impressive
debut...[with] wonderfully believable characters, from the
touchingly silly triplets to the fractious grownups. Powell's
novel has the comprehensiveness of a long, perfect short
story: organic and harmonious, with no false moves."
"The Mushroom Man is a remarkable and spirited debut
from a precocious talent. Sophie Powell has a keen eye and
a big heart. She is a writer from whom we ought to hear
a great deal-and I have no doubt that we will."
novelist Sophie Powell writes with remarkable reassurance
and dazzle as she spins this dew-bright tale of long-brewing
adult unhappiness magically dispelled by the intuition and
valor of smart and spirited children."
astonishing debut that unmasks the unforgiving light of
adult reason as a poor, mottled sham. The central idea underpinning
Powell's remarkable story is deadly serious. It concerns
the way a child's imagination can be stifled by an overenthusiastic
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