Leni Zumas

Website of the writer Leni Zumas


"Her talent is electric. Get ready for a shock."   
THE GUARDIAN

"A lyrical & beautifully observed reflection on women's lives."  
THE NEW YORK TIMES

"A page-turning plot is rendered in sentences as gorgeous & wise as poems."   
OPRAH.COM

"A thoughtful, complicated picture of womanhood—
and a fierce argument for individual choice."
THE ATLANTIC


100 Most Important Books of the 21st Century, Vulture
Best Science Fiction Semifinalist, Goodreads Choice Awards
Best Novels of 2018 So Far, TIME
Best Novels of 2018 So Far, Esquire UK
Best Books of 2018 So Far, Powell’s
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100 Best Books to Read This Summer, Sunday Times UK
14 Smart Books to Read at the Beach, Esquire
Mid-Year Book Awards, Biblioracle
The 39 Books We're Talking about This Summer, Washington Post
8 Recently Published Books That Are Feminist AF, Lit Reactor
13 Books to Read on Int'l Women's Day, Elle UK
March's Best New Books, Stylist UK
Indie Next pick, February 2018
Top 10 Literary Fiction, Publishers Weekly
Best Books of the Month, Amazon
Most Anticipated Books of 2018, Esquire
Amazing Feminist Books Coming in 2018, Book Riot
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Best Books of Winter, Elle Magazine
Books of the Week Pick, Publishers Weekly
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Books to Read in January, Entertainment Weekly
15 Books You Should Read This January, Lit Hub
January 2018 Book Preview, Vol. 1 Brooklyn
10 Books by Women We Can't Wait to Read, Alma
The Great 2018 Book Preview, The Millions
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11 Best First Lines, Entertainment Weekly
Most Anticipated Fiction of 2018, Bustle
Must-Read Books, PopSugar
Must Reads for Fall, Ploughshares
Starred review, Booklist
Starred review, Library Journal


LITTLE, BROWN, January 2018
THE BOROUGH PRESS (UK), March 2018

TRANSLATIONS
Dutch (Rode klok, Atlas Contact)
French (Les heures rouges, Presses de la Cité)
Italian (Orologi rossi, Bompiani Giunti Editore)
Polish (Czerwone zegary, Czarna Owca)
Portuguese (Editora Brazil)
Spanish (Relojes de sangre, Planeta Mexico & Ediciones Destino)
Turkish (Ithaki)
Ukrainian (Vivat)


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“It’s brilliant stuff, and the woods surrounding the witchy herbalist character are both glittering and informed. … To read this is to feel Leni Zumas knows everything.”
EILEEN MYLES in Vulture

"Strange and lovely and luminous. I loved Red Clocks with my whole heart."
KELLY LINK, Get in Trouble

"Leni Zumas here proves she can do almost anything. Her tale feels part Melvillian, part Lydia Davis, part Octavia Butler—but really Zumas’s vision is entirely her own. Red Clocks is funny, mordant, baroque, political, poetic, alarming, and inspiring—not to mention a way forward for fiction now.”   
MAGGIE NELSON
, The Argonauts

”Move over Atwood, Leni Zumas's Red Clocks is a gender-roaring tour de force. The bodies of women in Red Clocks are each the site of resistance and revolution. I screamed out loud. I pumped my first in the air. And I remembered how hope is forged from the ground up, through the bodies of women who won't be buried.”
LIDIA YUKNAVITCH, The Book of Joan

“Hilarious, terrifying, and masterful—Red Clocks reflects the horror and absurdity of our political landscape with a brilliance that ensures the book's timelessness. It's as riotously fun as it is chilling. Zumas has produced a poignant, wickedly sharp classic.” 
ALISSA NUTTING, Made for Love

“The women in this suspenseful book resist. They will not be circumscribed. The effect on the reader is cathartic.”   
CHRISTINE SCHUTT, Pure Hollywood

“In bristling sentences, Leni Zumas shows girls and women defying the excruciating restrictions imposed by both law and culture. Red Clocks is unabashedly political and fiercely humane."   
EMILY FRIDLUND
, History of Wolves

"Anthem without manipulative soar, just a hummable unforgettable tune you believe in."   
EUGENE LIM
, Dear Cyborgs

"A reckoning, a warning, nothing short of a miracle."
PLOUGHSHARES

"This provocative exploration of female longing, frustration and determination couldn't be more timely, yet there's nothing fleeting about it."   
THE WASHINGTON POST

"Leni Zumas’s fierce, well-formed, hilarious, and blisteringly intelligent novel [is] squarely a piece of Trump-era art."   
THE RUMPUS


"A spooky-good novel of ideas."   
ELLE

"What gives Red Clocks it lingering pungency is how, despite each character's distinct circumstances, the same features—pregnancy, motherhood, and social expectations—trap and menace them all."   
THE NATION


"Wry and urgent, defiant and stylish, Zumas's braided tale follows the intertwined fates of four women whose lives this law irrevocably alters."   
CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"Poetic and terrifying...You'll thrill to Zumas's well-crafted sentences, but prepare to get angry."   
LIT HUB

"The novel's central focus is on the internal legislation that governs motherhood—not the laws enacted by Congress, but the joys and recriminations every woman feels regarding pregnancy and motherhood. As the Wife, Mender, Daughter, and Biographer show—in utterly compelling, distinct voices—there's no simple narrative governing the choice to carry, birth, abort or adopt a child. Each choice is fraught, and intimately tied to a self-determination constantly under threat not just from outsiders, but from our own flawed and evolving ideas of what a woman should be, or want.“   
RHIANNA W.
, bookseller Powells.com