Wednesday, May 30, 2012

recent praise and blurbs for for Falcons on the Floor

... a distressingly vital novel.

Bret McCabe, independent journalist, ex-Baltimore City Paper arts editor

Justin Sirois’s debut novel is exciting and eye-opening, with a sad finish that will leave the reader with a fresh disgust for war.

Robert Tumas, for The L Magazine (NYC)

Falcons on the Floor has a distinct advantage over many books being published today. That is, it feels deeply, drastically important to read.

Shane Jones, author of Light Boxes

This book is important.

Christopher Newgent, Vouched Books

Sirois has done something pretty damn beautiful here, both culturally and in terms of mixing the poetic with the prose, so respect must be paid, and the book highly praised.

J.A. Tyler, author of Inconceivable Wilson and A Man of Glass & All the Ways We Have Failed

Falcons on the Floor is the rare novel about war that re-humanizes everyone involved. Through excellent writing and a deep understanding of what occupation does, to civilians and soldiers alike, Sirois and Alshujairy take the reader on a deeply personal journey where we are shown how and why war should be avoided at all cost.

Dahr Jamail, independent journalist and author of Beyond the Green Zone

Sirois disproves that art has no place during times of war. He illuminates the absurdities and complexities of war, details a ravaged, gorgeous landscape and the hearts of men in a way only a novel can do. Compelling, heartfelt, intelligent- Falcons on the Floor shows us how young men, all over this sad planet, become pawns in a world beyond their control.

Paula Bomer, author of Baby and Other Stories

The battle of Fallujah seen on the ground by Iraqis. Two young men slip out of the city under siege to walk through desert patrolled by Coalition commandos to Ramadi. Two young men with conflicting appraisals of the situation, and with the loyalties and lusts of youth and hopeless hopes. The writing of this complex novel makes it a lyrical and sensuous poem – an astonishing and mesmerizing book.

Alphonso Lingis, philosopher and author of The First Person Singular and Body Transformations

I hesitate to call this a brilliant first novel. It is a brilliant novel. Sirois demonstrates a succinct mastery of active language that manages to strike a lyrical cadence. The prose is poetry at times... the dialogue and action move so fluidly and with such grace that it feels like he is retelling a personal experience, or like he stumbled upon such a story, which just happened to take place on the eve of the sieges.

Seth Amos, Dark Sky Magazine

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