Summer Cannibals shortlisted for the
2019 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writers Prize here
Full Stop review of Summer Cannibals here
Summer Cannibals awarded 35 Over 35 Best Debut here
Quill & Quire review of Summer Cannibals here
Tampa Bay Times review of Summer Cannibals here
Summer Cannibals in Vanity Fair's Best Fall Books of 2018 here
Summer Cannibals named one of
Best Debut Books of September on Paris Paperbacks here
Summer Cannibals on Library Journal's Fall & Winter short list of 'Literary Gems'
The Coil Magazine's review of Summer Cannibals here
Book of the Day review of Summer Cannibals on Foreword Reviews here
Q & A with Bloom here
My book list at LitHub here
Q & A with 35 Over 35 here
Named Perfect First Fall Read in Hello Giggles here
Summer Cannibals playlist at Largehearted Boy here
Arts Fuse review of Summer Cannibals here
Radio interview with Jamie Tennant of CFMUs Get Lit here.
A delicious tale of family dysfunction ….. An uncommonly skilled debut.
Sarah Murdoch, The Toronto Star
Melanie Hobson's Summer Cannibals is a vibrant, vicious family portrait ….. and pity the stranger who'd interrupt it. As each family member is developed, their differing attitudes about the others become clear; the effect is stunning ….. Discontent rumbles and then crashes down, thanks to the airing of decades of family offenses -- resentments that have been carefully tended with the same attention that is given to the rose garden that wraps around the family's funky mansion. By turns darkly comical and horrifying.....
Meredith Grahl Counts, Foreword Reviews, Debut Fiction Special Section
Hobson's debut novel is packed with complex relationships and a torrent of emotions as she lifts the highly composed veil from a seemingly put-together, affluent family and brilliantly exposes the lust and betrayal behind their palatial walls. The intricacies of Hobson's characters and her exceptional new voice will keep readers riveted.
Emily Park, Booklist
...the novel's surreal, sexually avid, sometimes fairy-tale world ….. keep the reader off balance within a teetering landscape. A tale of scorching family dysfunction that ranges among the gothic, domestic, and carnal, snagging the reader's attention with its odd, unpredictable vision.