Praise from Kelly Link by Robert Levy

Robert Levy has written a luscious, compelling tangle of a thriller. The Glittering World maps the realms of friendship and identity, the mythic and the contemporary. I loved it.

 Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble and Magic for Beginners

Beyond excited to have received these existence-affirming words from on high. Saw Kelly read this weekend at World Fantasy to a standing-room only crowd (I know, I was one of the standers), and completely and predictably blew the roof off the joint. She read a story from her new collection Get in Trouble, which will be out February 10, the same day as my novel. Proud to share a publication day with her, and to be a recipient of her generous praise.

 

Praise from John Berendt by Robert Levy

In The Glittering World, Robert Levy concocts a series of brilliant and terrifying images to describe the Other Kind, a sub-population of human beings that have bizarre supernatural powers.  They are as imaginative and frightening as a whole gallery of surrealist paintings come luridly to life.

 John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Leave it to a non-genre writer to capture the feel of the novel's supernatural element so beautifully and succinctly. Very grateful to have these kind words from the divine Mr. Berendt.

Praise from Joanna Rakoff by Robert Levy

Very proud of these lovely and amazing words about my novel from the lovely and amazing Joanna Rakoff:

"If you value sleep, you might want to think twice before you pick up The Glittering World: This deeply original, deftly plotted novel will keep you up until dawn, unable to tear yourself from its grasp. The Glittering World is that rare thing: A literary novel that reads like a thriller. A fairy tale for the modern era.”

 Joanna Rakoff, author of A Fortunate Age and My Salinger Year

Praise from Christopher Barzak by Robert Levy

Robert Levy’s The Glittering World is that rare and wonderful kind of book that takes something old and makes it new again. Like those who disappear into the woods in this novel, once you step into these lush and mysterious pages, be prepared to return to your own world altered.

— Christopher Barzak, author of One for Sorrow

The Talented Mister Barzak, whose work I have long admired (his novels are revelatory, as is his recent short story collectionBefore and Afterlives), expertly hones in on the dark and contemporary fairy tale aspect of my book. In its own way, my novel is a postmodern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, and it took his kind words to make me remember why I decided to write it in the first place. Thanks, Chris!

Praise from Elizabeth Hand by Robert Levy

   
  
 
  
    
  
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     "Robert Levy's transcendent first novel balances on the knife-edge between psychological horror and mainstream thriller — a beautifully written book that propels readers into a deeply unsettling and moving journey through the uncanny, haunted byways of Nova Scotia and Celtic myth, and the even deeper mysteries of human loss and enduring love.  Levy's work deserves a place beside that of Peter Straub, Graham Joyce, and Mark Z. Danielewski: The Glittering World is one of the strongest literary debuts of recent years."         – Elizabeth Hand, author of Available Dark and Generation Loss         So, yeah on the heels of Laird Barron's kind words, I am pretty much overwhelmed. Humbled by the praise, and amazed by the dead-on description of what I was trying to do with the book, what I always wanted it to be. There's nothing else to say.

"Robert Levy's transcendent first novel balances on the knife-edge between psychological horror and mainstream thriller — a beautifully written book that propels readers into a deeply unsettling and moving journey through the uncanny, haunted byways of Nova Scotia and Celtic myth, and the even deeper mysteries of human loss and enduring love.  Levy's work deserves a place beside that of Peter Straub, Graham Joyce, and Mark Z. Danielewski: The Glittering World is one of the strongest literary debuts of recent years."

 

– Elizabeth Hand, author of Available Dark and Generation Loss

 

So, yeah on the heels of Laird Barron's kind words, I am pretty much overwhelmed. Humbled by the praise, and amazed by the dead-on description of what I was trying to do with the book, what I always wanted it to be. There's nothing else to say.

Praise from Laird Barron by Robert Levy

   
  
 
  
    
  
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     My novel has its first blurb, and it’s from one of my literary heroes:    "Robert Levy spins a dark and mythic tale. Exquisitely allegorical, this novel seethes with menace, romance, and mystery.  The Glittering World is a powerful debut."—Laird Barron    I had the pleasure of seeing Laird read a new piece at WORD in Brooklyn last night along with the great Nicholas Kaufmann and L.A. Kornetsky (aka Laura Anne Gilman), and he was devastating as usual.    Some day I’ll write more about how much Laird’s work has meant to me—I think I’ve read pretty much everything he’s ever published—but for now I’ll just say how grateful I am for his support.     

My novel has its first blurb, and it’s from one of my literary heroes:

"Robert Levy spins a dark and mythic tale. Exquisitely allegorical, this novel seethes with menace, romance, and mystery.  The Glittering World is a powerful debut."—Laird Barron

I had the pleasure of seeing Laird read a new piece at WORD in Brooklyn last night along with the great Nicholas Kaufmann and L.A. Kornetsky (aka Laura Anne Gilman), and he was devastating as usual.

Some day I’ll write more about how much Laird’s work has meant to me—I think I’ve read pretty much everything he’s ever published—but for now I’ll just say how grateful I am for his support.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, we have galleys by Robert Levy

Hot the heels of finishing the first pass pages, my galleys have arrived! Galleys are actually printed from the same draft as the first pass pages, so the most recent changes haven’t been made. None of which were monumental, mind you, but man, nothing makes you feel more foolish than finding a typo or three on your hundredth read-through.

Most exciting of all, my baby is starting to resemble an actual, honest-to-God book! And I couldn’t be happier.

First pass pages complete by Robert Levy

Recently finished my first pass pages for The Glittering World! For those unfamiliar, first pass pages are the first time the pages are laid out and actually look like a book, although they're not bound and the actual pages are otherwise plain (i.e. on 8 1/2 x 11 paper). Catching not-quite-last-minute changes, typos, and the like before it goes back to my editor once more. It's getting so close I can taste it!

Welcome to My Website by Robert Levy

Hello world! It's me, Robert. My debut novel, THE GLITTERING WORLD, will be published in 2015 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In anticipation of its release I've built this site. My goal is to share some of the inspiration behind the book, as well as to mark its journey into the hands of readers. I'll be exploring a whole bunch of other interesting stuff too-- especially on my Tumblr, Nothing Dies Forever.

I am so excited for my new online home, and I hope in the coming weeks and months it will grow into a fertile and overgrown garden of images, words, and untamed inspirations. Just watch out for those thorns...