An effortlessly intelligent and engrossing novel.
Priest's smooth and clear writing style makes the reader care about his characters. A plethora of small details gradually come together to deliver a really satisfying novel.
Britain's pre-eminent writer of literary science fiction.
Brilliantly constructed, cleverly contrived to fox our memories, so you end the novel trying to puzzle out what it was you just read.
A meditation on loss and an examination of possibly flawed memory.
This is a quiet masterpiece in a career full of them: a gripping, mournful, powerful novel that guides the reader through truths - and fictions - about the way the media and what we recall can work together to fool us.
Always well-written, [Christopher Priest's] books are known for a preciseness of prose where every word and sentence counts (even when you do not realise it). What he then does is stealthily construct a world of truths and half-truths, of twisted versions of reality which read so well that they often deceive.
In that way, AN AMERICAN STORY's intriguing and quietly engrossing meditation on narratives which lack closure stands tall.