'Enormously moving-Haslett's writing is harrowing, morbidly funny and deeply erotic' Independent on Sunday
The nine stories in YOU ARE NOT A STRANGER HERE are set in Los Angeles, the Midwest, New England and England. What unites them is the refined writing and a raw emotional power that carries the reader past the surface of the subject and into the core of the characters' lives. There is grief, passion, loneliness, humour and longing in these stories, but ultimately the book sets off the shock of recognition that takes readers past the cliched language of human suffering and brings them to understand their own experience through the characters' lives.
“'Adam Haslett is a wonderful rarity: an old-fashioned young storyteller with something urgent and fresh and fiercely intelligent to say-You're likely not only to love his stories but to feel stronger for having read them'”
“Adam Haslett possesses the rare ability to combine powerful narrative with sensitive and perceptive observations of people and places. You Are Not a Stranger Here is a brilliant beginning to a literary career.”
“These heart-rending snapshots of life cut relationships and traumas to the bone. The author expertly unravels the subjects' stories, leaving them loitering on the fringes of their own sanity”
“'Adam Haslett's tone is one of delicate, understated heartache-He never lets the reader forget that he is shining an unflinching light on those types of human suffering that cannot be cured, only endured'”