The Week: Best novels of 2022

Reviews of the top fiction titles released so far this year—including The Seaplane on Final Approach

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Review: The Times Literary Supplement

The Seaplane on Final Approach is a jaunty, perfectly paced and exceptionally well-written coming-of-age story. It is slyly funny, with just the right touch of darkness to take the edge off.

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Review: The Irish Times

“Rukeyser’s assured, elegant prose brings colour and outline to the great outdoors … Her debut novel is part adventure story, party coming of age tale, about a woman on the cusp of adulthood, fully of inchoate longing. If moving a character to a foreign world in order to bring about a transformation is a time-word staple of fiction writers, Rukeyser takes that old trick and flies her reader off to a brave new world.”

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Review: The Times

“A deftly juggled mix of mercilessly sharp character judgment and gentle compassion […] definitely one for readers who enjoy the sort of dive into dysfunction championed by Ottessa Moshfegh.”

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The Seaplane at Final Approach is, like all great coming-of-age stories, a perfect blend of deep, dark humor, sadness, and (of course), adolescent horniness. It’s also a love letter to the specific wildness of a place—“God’s own country,” as the proprietor of the Lavender Island Wilderness Lodge tells it. Whether the place belongs to God or something sleazier, in Rukeyser’s hands, its strange magic bewitched me.”

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