Undermajordomo Minor

Editorial reviews

Undermajordomo Minor

The story is surprisingly straightforward and unadorned, though the prose oozes with that odd DeWitt charm that makes it compelling.

My take on Patrick deWitt is that he is a thrilling writer likely to last past our own soon-to-be-bygone time.

One of deWitt’s great strengths is to breathe life into characters with just a few quick strokes; yet in a story with dozens of characters, only a few are onstage long enough to gain much emotional weight.

If DeWitt risks an unsatisfying end, it's partly because — out of all the thieving and warring and heartbreak and, yes, the occasional half-eaten rat — he's crafted something worthwhile: humor, and hope.