Crucet is an essential truth-teller, the whisper in your ear you should listen to, wise and funny as she tries to save your life-and this book is a triumph.
Jennine Capó Crucet is an electrifying new talent-she's funny, she's smart, and she knows how to tell great stories
Jennine Capó Crucet is a wonderful writer... wise and honest... furious and funny
I literally couldn't put this book down. Bold, surprising, moving and very funny. A story about the dreams and desires and histories buried inside our minds and bodies, our families and cities. Capó Crucet is a writer of immense talent and range
Say Hello to My Little Friend is superb. It's a rare thing to see a novelist so fully in control of such disparate elements. The voice is astonishing: wry, knowing, erudite, even metafictional when necessary, and the plot it relates is irresistible. This is high level world-building. So much so that it feels both wildly inventive but also like the kind of novel only an artist directly descending from immigrants to this country could birth, one that respectfully and skillfully transmutes the literary and historical past but always through the prism of our all-powerful American pop culture. The result is that truly rare object, a novel that helps us better sense that secret hum of art and love undergirding human existence
Say Hello to My Little Friend is a masterclass in pace and precision. Crucet can make you cry before you've even realized you've become invested and make you laugh even through the hurt. Brilliant
Both Ismael and the whale are singularly compelling characters, and both will break your heart. Unclassifiable and unforgettable.