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The New York Times Book ReviewThis novel builds interesting uncertainties into its narrative: Is Judith capable of dark magic, or are the events in her life coincidence? Is the wrathful voice inside her somewhere in the realm of imaginary friendship, or is she schizophrenic? McCleen never tips her hat. The writing is born of a genuine inquiry into the nature of religious belief, especially as it relates to one's psychological development. We know that children are uncomfortable with ambiguity, but so are they, as this novel suggests, uncomfortable with the biblical literalism maintaining that the End really will come, and that all of their neighbors and teachers will be washed away or burned because they did not believe. The Land of Decoration puts a child at the crux of this interpretive dilemma, and our hearts go out to her.