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Terrence RaffertyWhat is most beautiful, and most frightening, about the novel itself is its melancholy awareness of how desperate our acts of devotion can be in places like this toxic town, how terrible the things we can learn to love…The emotion this brilliant and disturbing novel leaves you with is like the spooked feeling Leonard experiences at the sudden intimation of "some essence, some hidden principle" in the world: "It takes your breath away, but you don't know if that comes from awe or terror." The Glister is that kind of story. It's terrifying, and it feels like a gift.
—The New York Times