"What Hawes does brilliantly is bring to life Camus the human being...a delicately perceptive text."--Wendy Smith, "Los Angeles Times"
"A beautiful memoir of a life-long obsession...a rich and vivid portrait of Camus himself."--"Harper's" Magazine
"[A] memoir of literary obsession--that aesthetic wreck at the intersection of biography, confession, literary criticism, travelogue, love letter, and detective story." --Sam Anderson, "New York Magazine"
"A rich hybrid of biography, literary criticism, intellectual history and memoir...[an] intriguing, multi-faceted portrait."--Heller McAlpin, "The Washington Post"
"A statement about reading and its long-lasting effect on a reader's sponge-like psyche...a fascinating spin on the mere biographies others produce."--David Finkle, The Huffington Post