News & Reviews
Library Journal wrote of Camp Olvido: This starkly beautiful work delivers a sense of entrapment most of us can barely imagine.
Frances Brent, of the Sentinel – Tribune, calls The Goodbye House a winner.
“Like its predecessors the setting (of The Goodbye House) is California’s ever redefined Santa Clara Valley. Once orchards and vineyards thrived. The farmland is now the Silicon Valley of modern mythology with technology the failing or bumper crop. In 2003 its citizens are enduring the melancholy of 9/11 and the dot com collapse. It is an era of lowered expectations. The mood is nostalgic – not sentimental. The past is recognized, honored, unmourned. Coates’ achievement – a universal, at times comic, modern family tale weaving time and setting into action.”
Sentinel – Tribune, October 28, 2015
Some notice from The San Jose Mercury.
“Multi-prize winning author Lawrence Coates discusses his latest work of fiction, The Goodbye House.”
“The novella is an exploration of one man’s bold actions and their consequences, and shows the dark side of California’s prosperity, with violence and, unexpectedly, elements of the divine”
Great to see a pre-publication notice of Camp Olvido from the University of Utah Reading Room.
“A novel both of homecoming and leave-taking, The Goodbye House, with its blue-and-white clouds cover, illuminates with a generous spirit the life of a family and a region during a time of change.”
Zoom News, September 24, 2015
Thanks to Rick Bentley at The Fresno Bee for giving a shout out to Camp Olvido.
“A poignant interplay with complex, three-dimensional characters, The Goodbye House is highly recommended.”
From the “Reviewer’s Choice” shelf of The Midwest Book Review.
A note on The Goodbye House appeared in The Imperial Valley News.
A nice note on The Goodbye House from the University of Utah. There is a Utah chapter in the novel, as well as a chapter set in Las Vegas.