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“Ciment is as compassionate as she is amused by her characters’ foibles... [Her] marvelous complexity as an artist is that her two final scenes mingle horror, humor, and tenderness as they lead us toward a final image that perfectly captures the damaged grandeur of the human condition. That’s always her essential subject, whether she’s cracking jokes about it or plumbing its sorrows—usually both at the same time.” ~ Wendy Smith, The Daily Beast

“Ciment’s book is a compact, droll farce, light-hearted and pleasurable as a chocolate truffle, yet with a nugget of hard, somewhat unpalatable truths in the center... Ultimately, Ciment towers forth with her own brilliant voice... Ciment never loses the intimate focus on her mostly female cast, while still giving us the big picture of catastrophe through the employment of perfectly selected vignettes... Her interweaving plotlines are so nimbly handled that every development seems simultaneously unpredictable, yet organically predetermined. The story might sometimes appear to be a massive clockwork, but it has the astonishing intricacy of the finest Old World municipal tower clock, where astonishing figures pirouette in and out of every niche... Ciment has the bracing mindset of Ambrose Bierce or Mark Twain, George Alec Effinger or Tom Disch.” ~ Paul di Fillipo, Locus Magazine

“Ciment’s nightmare-comedy reads like an urbane spin on the Book of Job, written in the wake of Superstorm Sandy... An antic yet poignant study of who you become when you lose everything... Lively secondary characters add to the book’s zest... Ciment’s sense of absurdity is keen... Laugh-out-loud funny in its first half, the book grows more thorny and trenchant in its wit toward the end. Either way, from start to finish, it’s invigoratingly unpredictable.” ~ Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times

“Remarkable... a novel that is as surprising and moving as nature itself... ‘Act of God’ is a work to be treasured, respected and, most of all, enjoyed — like life itself.” ~ Laura Farmer, Cedar Rapids Gazette

“Rich, quirky characterizations, witty insights into human nature and cruel twists of fate turn the initial absurdity of the narrative into a profound, suspenseful story... thoroughly entertaining and unforgettable.” ~ Kathleen Gerard, Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)

“A darkly comic jewel of a novel... ACT OF GOD is an act of love, one that is no less funny or endearing for the toughness with which it is bestowed.” ~ Jan Stuart, Boston Globe

“This novel breezes along, fizzing with wit as it sails... Ms. Ciment’s interestingly quirky — but not cute — characters suggest human buoyancy, while her deft sentences and cleverly chosen details set a bracing pace that keeps the full force of the novel’s questions about responsibility and forgiveness in check until the last page is turned. Then readers may look back and consider what we might really mean by an act of God.” ~ Claire Hopley, Washington Times

“In this swiftly paced, niftily written comedy turned horror novel, even the most settled lives are upended, the tiniest character flaws come back to bite, and love and redemption arrive when you least expect them.” ~ Amanda Lovell, More

“Keenly intelligent... Ciment orchestrates an increasingly complicated plot with consummate skill... In fewer than 200 pages, Ciment has pulled off an admirable literary feat, creating a novel that moves at the speed of light, all the while urging us to pause and look inward.” ~ Harvey Freedenberg, BookPage

“Beautiful, tightly controlled, and fascinating... Both the plotting and writing are very strong, and the moody, slow-burn fascination of the story makes this one a winner.” ~ BookRiot

“In a feat of literary magic, Ciment slips an abundance of suspenseful action, incisive humor, far-ranging wisdom, and complex emotion into this inventive, caring, devour-all-at-once novel of self, family, community, and doing right.” ~ Booklist

“Humanity, warmth and wry humor light up Ciment's noirish novel... This absorbing novel about a luminescent fungus affixes itself to your psyche like a spore and quickly spreads to your heart, setting everything in its wake aglow.” ~ Kirkus (Starred)

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