Reviews

Written by a deft storyteller, the novel features delightful snippets of description around every corner: ‘When I turned back, Estelle looked at me like a little girl stricken from having failed her spelling bee.’

Caitlin Hicks, New York Journal of Books

I could not put this book down, and the ending made me cry, which is exactly what I want from a story.

Lukas Rowland, Queer Storyteller & catdaddy x 2

While midlife crisis isn’t a new theme, Ford’s treatment of it feels fresh, voicing an under-heard side of the story. Self-identifying as bisexual, the author notes she’s published little LGBTQ work before. ‘I have a lot of it written,’ she specifies, ‘but I’ve had a much harder time having it published, which says something, I guess.’

Kimberly Bourgeois, Montreal Review of Books

A good deal of the fun of reading Carousel is putting together the pieces of the story. Jumping forward and backward through time, via flashbacks and memories, it’s the literary equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Jack Ruttan, Canadian Woman Studies: Volume 34, Numbers 1, 2

Poignant, heart-breaking, heart-affirming and comedic, the characters are true originals and yet as familiar as long-lost friends. A marvellous debut novel about family madness, sexuality, aging and obsession.

Lisa de Nikolits, The Minerva Reader

Carousel is a marvel of intriguing detail, little observations that give added dimension to the narrative and insight into the roiling confusion that is Margot’s state of mind.

Timothy Niedermann, Ottawa Review of Books