The World of Tomorrow joins debuts by Carmen Maria Machado, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, and Tom Hanks on Kirkus Reviews's round-up of stellar debuts.
"Mathews’s urban epic is as rich and raucous as the city it celebrates."
The World of Tomorrow is on the September Indie Next Great Reads list—along with new books by Claire Messud, Celeste Ng, Orhan Pamuk, Jesmyn Ward, and 15 other great writers.
DMN Culture Critic Chris Vognar calls the book "a madcap rollick tinged with a touch of menace" and "a dazzling literary debut."
"I didn’t want this book to end; though it’s just as well that it did, or I might still be sitting in my armchair with it, lost to the world."
On NBC New York, Bill Goldstein compares the novel to Doctorow's Ragtime and Herman Wouk's The Winds of War and calls it "insane...in the best possible way."
The World of Tomorrow is listed at #5 on EW's rundown of the fall's top 20 books, joining Stephen King, Te-Nehisi Coates, Jennifer Egan, and Celeste Ng.
"The World of Tomorrow is a sweeping, impressive accomplishment...Mathews has written an insightful immigrant epic, not to mention a first-class literary thriller."
"Mathews has a big, rambunctious talent that promises great things."
“This is his first novel, but you would not know it from the depth of its characters or the tight-as-a-snare-drum pacing."
The World of Tomorrow joins books by Nathan Englander, Nicole Krauss, and Hillary Clinton on the NYTBR's Editor's Choice list.
In a full-page review in The New York Times Book Review, Kevin Baker calls the novel "admirably fearless...Mathews has talent in buckets."
"As everything rolls toward an adrenaline-fueled finale, Mathews brilliantly creates characters who embody the esprit de corps of immigrants and movingly explores themes of class, society, race, and family. For fans of Michael Chabon and E. L. Doctorow."
Wall street Journal: the best new fiction
Sam Sacks spotlights three new releases where characters are haunted by ghosts: Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing; Antonio Tabucchi's For Isabel; and The World of Tomorrow.
"His entire novel takes place over the course of one week in June...culminating at the Fair itself, in a fast-paced finale worthy of a Scorsese long-take. And I love this about the book. I love the bright-eyed joy of it."
"This fast-paced and expansive debut novel is 500-plus pages of storytelling that will keep you captivated from beginning to end."
I sat down with Lulu Garcia-Navarro to talk about big Irish families, charming rogues, and parallels between 1939 and 2017.
In a profile in the September issue, Berkshire Magazine writes about my ghostly encounter and the family stories that inspired the novel.