PRAISE & REVIEWS
Featured in "Best New Paperbacks" -- Entertainment Weekly
"Tedrowe evinces a heartfelt, intelligent understanding that romance is not just the province of the young . . . [Commuters has] the tenderness, imagination and perspicacity of the best fiction."
— Chicago Tribune
"In her wonderfully cohesive debut novel, short story writer Tedrowe
graduates to elegant novelist with a winding, convincing familial drama
about the ties that bind and the bonds that bend to the breaking point
. . . The author's deft handling of a large and distinctive cast should
win raves from those who revel in this sort of ensemble crazy quilt. A
lovely and literate family drama that wins bonus points for its
sincerity and open-hearted delivery."
is an exceptionally adept first-time novelist, creating a thoroughly
engrossing plot, redolent settings, and intriguing characters coping
valiantly with fear, terrible decisions, and the bewitchment of money.
Tedrowe’s tale of family conflict, shelter, love, and loss is
suspenseful, funny, and tender."
" [Tedrowe] shows great promise in her compassionate, nuanced depiction of love--among the old and young alike--and her confident handling of alternating, multigenerational narrators." -- Publishers Weekly
"This impressive debut novel concerns the change in family dynamics when an elderly parent remarries."
— Chicago Sun-Times
"Change is at the heart of Emily Gray Tedrowe's sparkling debut novel, Commuters."
"In her wonderful and original novel Commuters,
Emily Gray Tedrowe explores the reconfigurations of a family and the
strange alliances that can occur between young and old, love and work.
And she writes brilliantly about money. Reading these absorbing pages,
I couldn't help longing for each of her richly imagined characters to
get his or her heart's desire. A deeply satisfying debut."
— Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street
fantastic. This is the kind of book you would imagine Virginia Woolf
might write were she with us in the twenty-first century: relevant and
contemporary, relentlessly funny, deeply insightful, and fearless in
its exploration of people's private lives."
— Patrick Somerville, author of The Cradle
poignant meditation on desire, heartrending loss, and dreams deferred.
. . With pitch-perfect clarity, Tedrowe's story will stay with you long
after you turn the final page."
— Robin Antalek, author of The Summer We Fell Apart