Praise for Off Course
"Skillful and perceptive" —The New York Times Book Review
“Huneven’s touch is sure, and her protagonist is simultaneously sympathetic and maddening. The landscape descriptions are erotic, and the erotic scenes have near-hallucinatory power.” —The New Yorker
"Huneven has a sharp facility with language that registers both the horror of how low Cress lets herself sink and the mundanity of it all." —The Boston Globe
"Huneven, a writer of great empathy and emotional precision, doesn't resort to cheap moralizing here. Such easy lessons would give this gracefully written novel the harsh sting of a cheap, cautionary tale. Instead, she lets her characters play out their scenarios like real adults must—weighing the pleasures of the present against their own future guilt..." —The Los Angeles Times
"[Huneven's] prose exudes such a rumpled, sensuous vibe, it practically gives you bedhead." —Los Angeles Magazine
"Michelle Huneven delivers an enthralling tale of impulsive decisions, impossible love, and catastrophic consequences." —Bustle
"The greatest triumph of Off Course
lies in Huneven's remarkable ability to create a mood, and to bring the reader fully inside it." —The Huffington Post
"Sensitive, reflective and uncomfortably true to life, with a wonderfully rich cast of supporting characters." —Kirkus
(starred review)"If I had to highlight just one of Huneven’s many abundant talents, it would be this: She makes you forget that the people you’re reading about don’t actually exist. You feel as if you were reading about your own family and friends… Michelle Huneven has produced a literary miracle." —PopMatters
Praise for Blame
"Unfold[s] like a thriller, creating a sense of urgency and mystery even about everyday matters . . . Huneven’s prose moves like a hummingbird, in small bursts that are improbably fast and graceful."—Maria Russo, The New York Times Book Review"[An] elegant, hair-raising novel . . . Huneven’s prose is flawless."—The New Yorker"The satisfactions Blame offers readers are elegant prose and, deeper than that aesthetic pleasure, the intelligence and compassion Huneven brings to her characters. She holds them all with the utmost tenderness."—Brigitte Frase, Los Angeles Times
Praise for Jamesland
"Michelle Huneven is a writer of extraordinary and thrilling talent, and Jamesland
is a marvel."—Richard Russo"Generosity, humor and tolerance shine in Huneven’s writing."—Michael Harris, Los Angeles Times Book Review
Praise for Round Rock
"Like that other West Coast chronicler of struggling Americans, Raymond Carver, . . . Huneven is not interested in literary pretension or postmodern razzle-dazzle, but in achieving a measure of truth— and her generous, engaging novel does just that."—Valerie Sayers, The New York Times Book Review
“The first time I read…” | Book Keeping
To step out onto the vast lawn and be greeted by an adorable terrier and three appreciative men—one an English Lord!—and to be deemed interesting . . . why, I could imagine nothing finer. Ah, to be interesting! Interesting!
- Book Keeping
Book Keeping with Michelle Huneven | Book Keeping
I couldn’t sleep and I went into my husband’s office and looked for a boring book to put me to sleep. Oh, there’s Moby Dick, I thought. That’ll do the trick. Five chapters later, I was wide awake and practically shouting with pleasure.
- FSG's Book Keeping
Life throws a few curves in Michelle Huneven's 'Off Course' - latimes.com
Book Review: A dramatic change of scenery for the main character in Michelle Huneven's empathic 'Off Course' fails to erase the kinds of decisions required of her.
- Los Angeles Times
An Off Course ’80s Sampler | Book Keeping
I imagine them driving en masse and on dates into Hollywood to see the Cramps, the Specials, the Blasters, a local rockabilly group from Downey, or the quintessential LA punk band, X, at the Roxy, the Whisky, or Madame Wong’s in Chinatown.
- Book Keeping