Impressive, relentless, tender
A strong debut, a touching family story
German musician, performer, and playwright Wenzel makes an auspicious fiction debut . . . A prismatic novel, thoughtful and unsettling
Wenzel debuts with a powerful portrait of a woman finding, losing, and rediscovering herself in 21st-century Germany . . . Her simple but affecting story is told through scattered memories and personal histories . . Captivating . . . An exciting, confident debut
So exuberant, inventive, brainy, sensitive and hilarious that it's like a pyrotechnic flare illuminating the whole woman, past and present, radiant, unique, a voice and a novel to take with us into the future.
Bold and exceptional . . . Her impressive writing, born of a brilliant mind, surprises - stylistically, and by its frankness and associations. An uncompromising consciousness leaps from sentence to sentence, city to city, in love, depressed, alienated, afraid, and contradictory . . . I rode in the passenger seat, beside the beauty and strangeness of 1000 Coils of Fear
An audacious and disturbing novel
A debut novel as layered and melodic as any symphony or opera.
Wenzel's unique literary voice carries the reader through meditations on origins, grief, racial identity, love, and belonging.
I was sucked in by Olivia's distinct style, biting yet swirling. In a bristling translation from Priscilla Layne, the cool, understated prose expresses so much of what goes unsaid about the weight of history, how you are perceived as you move through the world and the choices that come with deciding how you want to live.
Wenzel writes with humour and emotion about loneliness and finding joy in life within the roles society assigns you
Experimental in form, this is a demanding but absorbing novel on the themes of race, feminism, motherhood and love.
Personal, political and wildly experimental
Wenzel's nuanced thoughts about injustice, marginalisation and the checking of privilege are timely and important, and the dashes of surreal, undercutting humour ... are refreshing ... [An] elegant translation ... cohesive, considered, emotive