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Recent Press Cov­er­age for Mr. Peanut

  • Lit­er­ary Minded @ Crikey

    April 26, 2011
    Guest review: Alice Grundy on Mr Peanut by Adam Ross

  • The Courier Mail

    Feb­ru­ary 19, 2011
    Adam Ross’s Mr Peanut scares hor­ror guru Steven King

  • Mil­wau­kee Wis­con­sin Journal-Sentinel

    Decem­ber 25, 2010
    Plots cap­ture the top 10 list: 2010 favorites offer intrigu­ing crimes, com­plex characters

  • The New Republic

    Decem­ber 22, 2010
    Edi­tors’ Picks: Best Books of 2010

  • Econ­o­mist

    Decem­ber 2, 2010
    Books of the Year 2010 Read More

  • Book­Page

    Decem­ber 7, 2010
    Best Books of 2010 Read More

  • New Yorker

    Decem­ber 13, 2010
    New Yorker Reviewer’s Favorites 2010 Read More

  • New York Times

    Novem­ber 24, 2010
    100 Notable Books of 2010 Read More

  • Econ­o­mist

    August 12, 2010
    There is a per­verse romance to Adam Ross’s debut novel, Mr Peanut. This is a book about love. Or, rather, it’s about how love’s honey glow dims with time… Read More

  • Guardian

    July 18th, 2010
    an ambi­tious and well-crafted noir that man­ages to human­ize its char­ac­ters while fash­ion­ing their sto­ries into a grip­ping page-turner… Read More

  • Alabama Local News

    July 18th, 2010
    Stu­dents of cin­ema, really obser­vant stu­dents of cin­ema, may remem­ber Adam Ross from a pre­vi­ous career… Read More

  • New Yorker

    July 14th, 2010
    Obe­sity, mul­ti­ple mis­car­riages, homi­ci­dal fan­tasies and death by peanut are just a few of the prob­lems fac­ing David and Alice Pepin, the ill-fated cou­ple at the cen­ter of Adam Ross’s darkly clever début novel, Mr. PeanutRead More

  • Mem­phis Flyer

    July 8th, 2010
    David Pepin has killed his wife, Alice. Or maybe she finally offed her­self after suf­fer­ing through the many years of their dis­tressed mar­riage… Read More


    July 5th, 2010
    The mod­ern Amer­i­can philoso­pher Chris Rock has observed that if you’ve never con­tem­plated mur­der — in great, gory detail—you’ve never really been in love…Read More


    July 2nd, 2010
    On Tues­day, in the fourth stop on his book tour in sup­port of Mr. Peanut, Adam Ross landed at the leg­endary Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi—arguably the Holy Land of South­ern Lit­er­a­ture… Read More


    June 30th, 2010
    From cheesy episodes of “CSI” to the intel­lec­tual grandeur of Shake­speare, mur­der­ing a sig­nif­i­cant other is one of the most com­pelling plot lines that can be brought to any story…Read More

  • Chap­ter 16

    June 27th, 2010
    The book’s been out only a week, but already it might be time for review­ers to invest in a the­saurus. Adam Ross’s debut novel, Mr. Peanut, is inspir­ing the same adjec­tives again and again: “chal­leng­ing,” “inge­nious,” “bril­liant,” “riv­et­ing,” and the sur­pris­ingly recur­rent… Read More

  • Big Think

    June 27th, 2010
    In Scott Turow’s Times Book Review cover piece on Adam Ross’s novel, Mr. Peanut, he recalls the time a revered Stan­ford writ­ing pro­fes­sor cau­tioned stu­dents against writ­ing about mar­riage, “the most com­plex and fre­quently unfath­omable of human rela­tion­ships.” If this analy­sis is true—or, as this is true—why do we find writ­ers drawn… Read More

  • Hous­ton Chronicle

    June 27th, 2010
    Mar­riage is the most com­plex of human rela­tion­ships, bound as it is to sit­u­a­tions and emo­tions that are, to put it mildly, intense. Mar­riage com­bines love, sex, faith, finances, devo­tion, anger, fear and self-worth… Read More

  • Win­nipeg Free Press

    June 26th, 2010
    Amer­i­can writer Adam Ross’s auda­ciously assured first novel cen­tres on David Pepin, a video-game designer who may or may not have killed his wife, Alice… Read More

  • Guardian

    June 25th, 2010
    This first novel by Adam Ross, a New York-born, Nashville-based writer, has gen­er­ated a lot of buzz in the US pub­lish­ing world and comes with endorse­ments from Richard Russo and Stephen King… Read More

    New York Times

    June 25th, 2010
    “When David Pepin first dreamed of killing his wife, he didn’t kill her him­self. He dreamed con­ve­nient acts of God.” So begins “Mr. Peanut,” the dar­ing, arrest­ing first novel by Adam Ross, an author of prodi­gious tal­ent, which takes as its theme “the dual nature of mar­riage, the prox­im­ity of vio­lence and love.” Read More

  • New York Times Paper Cuts blog

    June 25th, 2010
    Stray Ques­tions for: Adam Ross Read More

  • New York Times

    June 22nd, 2010
    [Ross is] a sor­cerer with words, whose David Fos­ter Wallace-like descrip­tive pow­ers have given him the abil­ity to con­jure every­thing from a pretty Hawai­ian beach­scape to the slow-motion hor­ror of a car acci­dent with color and élan. Read More

  • Chap­ter 16

    June 22nd, 2010
    With Mr. Peanut, Nashville author Adam Ross trans­forms the crime genre into a sear­ing med­i­ta­tion on the haz­ards of mar­riage. Read More

  • NPR

    June 18th, 2010
    Don’t be fooled by the cute title — it’s a dark tale of love, hate, mur­der and mar­riage: a clev­erly writ­ten, struc­turally com­plex nar­ra­tive with char­ac­ters whose lives inter­lock.. Read More

    Nashville Scene

    June 17th, 2010
    Call it the Blurb Heard Round the World. Read­ers of Enter­tain­ment Weekly opened the Mar. 11 issue and found a cap­sule piece with the grab­ber head­line “Stephen King: What I’m Read­ing Now.” In it the dean of hor­ror… Read More

  • Huff­in­g­ton Post

    June 16st, 2010
    Sum­mer Read­ing: Indie Book­sellers Pick 15 Great New Beach Reads (Poll)… Read More

  • Aes­thet­ica Mag­a­zine (PDF)

    June 1st, 2010
    …an elab­o­rate study of mar­riage with a struc­ture that mir­rors the qual­i­ties of a Möbius strip and lay­ers of nar­ra­tive that echo the twisted per­spec­tive of an Escher print.

  • Harper’s (PDF)

    June 1st, 2010
    Mr. Peanut crack­les with life… Down­load

  • Lit­er­ary Review (PDF)

    June 1st, 2010
    The emo­tional lan­guage and per­cep­tions of Mr. Peanut are extra­or­di­nary… Down­load

  • The Word mag­a­zine (PDF)

    June 1st, 2010
    How close is mar­riage to mur­der? An excep­tional debut says those domestic-crime fig­ures don’t lie.

  • Knopf­Dou­ble­day

    June 1st, 2010
    What fol­lows is a let­ter by Knopf edi­tor Gary Fisketjon on Adam Ross’s forth­com­ing debut novel, Mr. PeanutRead More

  • Book­list (PDF)

    May 1st, 2010
    In this pow­er­ful first novel, which has gar­nered plenty of pre­pub buzz, Ross deliv­ers one scorch­ing scene after another show­ing the dark side of mar­riage… Down­load

  • Publisher’s Weekly

    Apr 05, 2010
    Ross’s inspired debut explores the “prox­im­ity of vio­lence and love” and begins with the death of Alice Pepin, whose life­long strug­gle with depres­sion, inse­cu­rity, and obe­sity comes to an abrupt end at her kitchen table when… Read More

  • Kirkus Reviews (PDF)

    April 1st, 2010
    The buzz has been build­ing for a year about this debut novel by Nashville writer Ross, and it turns out it’s one of those rare cases where the word-of-mouth is valid. The book that’s been giv­ing Stephen King night­mares is a Möbius strip of a novel… Down­load

  • The Book­seller (PDF)

    March 12th, 2010
    Adam Ross’ debut is extremely accom­plished and refresh­ingly cliche-free, with agreat first line: “When David Pepin first dreamed of killing his wife, he didn’t kill her him­self… Down­load

  • Enter­tain­ment Weekly

    Mar 12, 2010
    Stephen King: What I’m Read­ing Now… Read More


    Mar 11, 2010
    Look­ing back, it’s pos­si­ble to argue that Adam Ross’s luck started with an old house in Leiper’s Fork. One after­noon, work­ing as special-projects edi­tor of the Nashville Scene, Ross went with his wife Beth to scout out…Read More

  • Three Guys One Book

    March 8th, 2010
    There seems to be a kind of wild kinetic energy to Mr. Peanut, the debut novel com­ing this sum­mer from Knopf. The author, Adam.html” Ross is no where to be seen in these pages… Read More

  • Nashville Scene

    March 5th, 2010
    This sum­mer, we’ll be say­ing we all knew Adam Ross back when he was the Scene’s much-abused, overqual­i­fied guy at the front desk. … Read More

  • Bookdwarf

    March 4th, 2010
    Adam Ross’ Mr. Peanut might be the best book I’ve read so far in 2010. In fact, it might be one of the best books of the year… Read More

  • Publisher’s Weekly

    Jan­u­ary 25th, 2010
    As usual, we high­light 10 promis­ing fic­tion debuts for our sea­sonal announce­ment issue… Down­load