Portions of emails received yesterday re girl

From a brilliant Afrikaans poet:

I cannot remember the last time I read a book that actually stirred so much emotion in me…  You are handling an extremely difficult subject with as much grace as possible… not once did I feel that the sex scenes were inserted for the sake of selling books or to sensationalize or even cheapen the literary worth of a well written work.  I truly commend you. I think your book is absolutely fantastic… I prefer ‘heavier’ reading without having to struggle through excessive wording and lengthy worthless description and your book is just that… its subject matter is ‘heavy’ and sensitive, but the book reads easily, the work flows well and not once did I skip a page to avoid having to read through worthless descriptions of someone’s wardrobe or scenery.  Your book will be one that I’ll probably re-read at some point.

From an exceptional photographer:

I recently read your latest and really enjoyed it.  Quite a story, and I liked it more than any of your others.  It hits the ground running and never stops.  The Jewish references got me interested right away, and remind me of a favorite author of mine, Faye Kellerman.

There are now 7 reviews on Amazon for girl. Who’ll be #8?

5.0 out of 5 stars girl is encapsulating, February 2, 2015

By Amazon Customer (New York City) –

If current events, incredibly memorable characters, shocking content and a compelling storyline are your idea of a good read then you’re in for a real treat with “girl”. With the wit, talent, storytelling skills of the expert litigator that he is, Chan provides us with insight encapsulated with human emotion that is driven by anger, pleasure, sex, drugs, politics and family.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. I couldn’t put down, February 1, 2015

By Latham “Gina Mungioli” (New York

Great book. I couldn’t put down. This is definitely a winner

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Chan, January 28, 2015

By Christopher Noël

I was riveted by Hannah’s saga, which ranges widely across the geographical and moral landscape. I’ve admired Mr. Chan’s earlier novels as well, and this one maintained his high aesthetic and linguistic standards. I think it is just a matter of time until this author breaks into a much wider audience.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great premise. Chan gives us a serious challenge to …, January 12, 2015

By publicus

Great premise. Chan gives us a serious challenge to our notions of morality and piety wrapped inside a super-hig tension battle for mental and physical survival, relieved at just the right moments with oservations and lierary allusions that are funny, witty and wise. No way to put this down after you read page one.

5.0 out of 5 stars an absolutely beautiful book., December 22, 2014

By Antonio Serra

girl follows 25 years of an extraordinary woman’s life. Gorgeous writing, lyrical and revelatory, infuriating and hilarious, thrilling and touching, an absolutely beautiful book.

5.0 out of 5 stars Another exciting read!!, December 22, 2014

By Janis Camacho (New York, NY)

A jolting, unforgettable voice, girl has a raw energy we all responded to. It has real lyrical qualities even though the subject matter can be shocking

5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsively readable. The heroine’s twenty-five-year journey from fifteen-year-old rape …, December 19, 2014

By Mangual

Compulsively readable. The heroine’s twenty-five-year journey from fifteen-year-old rape victim, rejected by her family, to survivor, to charismatic leader would be excruciating if it weren’t for Chan’s lapidary prose and lacerating wit. I can’t think of another author who alternates between breathtaking satire and profound insight as deftly as Chan.