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EW: Best Debut Novels of the Year

The World of Tomorrow makes the list of Entertainment Weekly's 15 best debut novels for 2017.


Kirkus: 13 Fiction Debuts & Breakthroughs That Live up to the Hype

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.


Oprah.com: 18 best books to pick up this month

"Mathews’s urban epic is as rich and raucous as the city it celebrates."


World of Tomorrow named an Indie Next pick for September

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.


Dallas Morning News: In a madcap, sprawling debut, Brendan Mathews revives the American Dream

DMN Culture Critic Chris Vognar calls the book "a madcap rollick tinged with a touch of menace" and "a dazzling literary debut."


seattle times: Books to Disappear into this Fall

"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."


Bill's Books Recommends The World of Tomorrow

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."

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Entertainment Weekly calls the world of tomorrow a "must-read book"

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.


Bookpage names The World of Tomorrow their Top Pick in Fiction for September

"The World of Tomorrow is a sweeping, impressive accomplishment...Mathews has written an insightful immigrant epic, not to mention a first-class literary thriller."


Chicago Tribune: 'The World of Tomorrow' gyrates with zany energy

"Mathews has a big, rambunctious talent that promises great things."


WBUR: The Writing in 'The World of Tomorrow' lives up to its notable title

“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."


New York Times Book Review: Editors' Choice

The World of Tomorrow joins books by Nathan Englander, Nicole Krauss, and Hillary Clinton on the NYTBR's Editor's Choice list.

NYTBR: A Debut Novel Imagines Political Intrigue at the 1939 world's fair

In a full-page review in The New York Times Book Review, Kevin Baker calls the novel "admirably fearless...Mathews has talent in buckets."


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"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.

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NPR: 'The World of Tomorrow' is a huge story, told intimately

"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."

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Bustle: 10 long books to help you make the most of the season

"This fast-paced and expansive debut novel is 500-plus pages of storytelling that will keep you captivated from beginning to end."



Platform: An Interview with Soumya Mukerji

A discussion about old New York, optimism and catastrophe, writing and teaching, and a few of my favorite writers.


NPR Weekend Edition: In 'World of Tomorrow,' A novelist found echoes of 1939, today

I sat down with Lulu Garcia-Navarro to talk about big Irish families, charming rogues, and parallels between 1939 and 2017.


WCBS New York: Author Talks with Lisa Tschernkowitsch


Berkshire Magazine: Find Him In a Cafe

In a profile in the September issue, Berkshire Magazine writes about my ghostly encounter and the family stories that inspired the novel.




Starred Review in Publishers Weekly

Three Irish brothers tumble through New York during an eventful two weeks in June 1939, in Mathews’s masterful debut novel... a remarkably fast and exhilarating read, reminiscent of Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay... With the wit of a ’30s screwball comedy and the depth of a thoroughly researched historical novel, this one grabs the reader from the beginning to its suspenseful climax.



Starred review in Library Journal

“Mathews’s first novel is all you could want...The tension never lets up, and the story is fast and mind-spinningly complicated… There’s suspense, humor, love, of both the doomed and requited varieties… This novel should prove irresistible to anyone wanting a diverting read. It’s quality stuff—and fun.”


"Books to Buzz About" Panel at Library Journal's Day of Dialog





starred review in kirkus reviews

Kirkus Review calls The World of Tomorrow "an impressive, wide-ranging debut."


author panel at NEIBA's "all about the books" conference


"buzz books" panel at book expo 2017

Book Expo chose The World of Tomorrow as one of six Adult Buzz Books—along with forthcoming work from Ayobami Adebayo, Chloe Benjamin, AJ Finn, Liz Nugent, and Gabriel Tallent.


Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch Fall 2017: Anticipated Debuts

“I wanted the book to be full of immigrants and migrants and émigrés and refugees. I wanted to think about the promises that New York makes, that America makes, the promises that it keeps, and the ones that it doesn’t.”


long listed by the center for fiction

The World of Tomorrow is one of 22 debuts included on the long list for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.