by Mitch Berman
(G.P. Putnam’s Sons, cloth; Ballantine Books, paper)
"High-intensity jazz for the very sharpest of readers."
— Kurt Vonnegut
"Seduces the reader ... Mitch Berman’s prose is risky and phonic, emanating from the horn of jazz. ... Time Capsule is a first novel worth reading."
"Terrifically interesting to read and to consider ... What a courageous, audacious gesture Mitch Berman has made ... what an absolutely perfect ear for dialogue he has. This is a brave and heartening book."
"Sweeps through all of the emotions and expressions of humankind. ... Berman’s style makes this novel a vibrant piece of work. This is a book for one’s personal time capsule."
— Associated Press
"Trenchant wit ... marvelous climactic scenes ... the rich, jazzy Barthelmesque inventiveness of Time Capsule is a constant pleasure."
"In Time Capsule, a ghostlike past and an ominous future merge in a perfect and frightening counterpoint. The beat is jazz, the message is hope."
— Mary Morris
"Like a pied piper lying down a hypnotic line of patter, he draws us along. We go willingly because he’s fun and quick and sharp."
— San Diego Union
"Mitch Berman is a brave soul and a gifted writer — a young man willing to take on the most terrifying theme of our century and wrestle it to the ground."
— Russell Banks
"Zany, brilliant, funny, and inventive. A science-fictional Huckleberry Finn. ... There’s absolutely nothing like it."
— Ishmael Reed
"An extraordinary new voice in American fiction."
— Donald Barthelme
"A true tour de force."
— Gail Godwin
"The adventures of these two men are so real that you can feel their pain, experience their joy, smell the air they breathe .... Berman displays a delightful mastery of the language."
"A classic .... engages the reader from start to finish .... In the end, Time Capsule becomes a harrowing, mystical book that is almost impossible to put down."
"Berman’s writing is reminiscent of a Thelonius Monk solo."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"Berman has language and heart... Time Capsule’s strength lies in the riskiness of its writing, in its evocation of raw, inexpressible feeling."
— Village Voice