Mayr's prose is vivid but never overwrought, capturing the surrealism of intense fatigue in constant motion . . . Readers will be captivated.
In 1929, being a passenger train porter was fraught with challenges...Baxter's own sleep deprivation is perhaps the most intriguing character of the book. It leads to hallucinations, questionable decisions, and borderline supernatural suggestions.
Suzette Mayr's novel The Sleeping Car Porter an artfully constructed story that moves, beguiles, and satisfies.
Mayr evokes the mystique of transcontinental travel and the tumult of lives on the margins in this much-anticipated period novel. All aboard!
I couldn't help imagining what a film Wes Anderson might make of Suzette Mayr's The Sleeping Car Porter.
Wonderfully immersive and rich with period detail, Baxter's story will grip you from start to finish. An achingly beautiful portrait of navigating systems intent on denying your humanity, and the ultimate triumph of human connection.
Suspenseful and pitch-perfectly paced, The Sleeping Car Porter captures the fascinating, lively, and absurd social life of 1920s through an unforgettable intercontinental train journey. Suzette Mayr vividly creates a claustrophobic, compartmentalised world in which the closeted desire and aspiration of a gay Black porter unfold in his fleeting encounters with passengers that are funny, scarring, and allegorical. The politics of looking and hiding sears the pages and makes me laugh, cry, and shiver.
I fell in love immediately with Baxter, sleeping car porter and aspiring dentist. This is a novel so richly written that I felt every bump in the track physically, and every passenger's ill-mannered slight emotionally. A wonderful book that I'll never forget.
The Sleeping Car Porter is a vital, visceral, exhilarating novel, written in gut-punch prose. I loved it.
This is an utterly mesmerising novel. Mary's prose is truly mellifluous, each sentence a miracle that demands and rewards attention. Almost like a train itself, the action halts and pauses so that we can take a good look at each of its fascinating, complex characters before accelerating to a wondrous finish at an unexpected destination. A beautiful, deeply absorbing work.
[Mayr] conveys the intensely closeted, time-bending surrealism of a long-distance train journey with immersive, cinematic flair, not to mention the hallucinatory fantasies of an increasingly sleep-deprived Baxter who, as a character clinging to his dreams, is impossible not to get behind.