Behind the Moon

Behind the Moon

Wall Street Journal
May 13, 2017

"Madison Smartt Bell is one of those novelists who slip the net of classification. . . . lately he's ventured into the American West, for The Color of Night  (2011), a goosepimpler about a former Manson cultist, and for his eerie and peculiar novel Behind the Moon."—Sam Sacks on the "Best New Fiction: Literary thrillers by Madison Smartt Bell and others," Wall Street Journal

"Interview with Madison Smartt Bell by Maya Alexandri on"
May 10, 2017

"Bell's talent for channeling the forces that demand pagan worship into the service of literature is manifest in his new novel, Behind the Moon, which charts a mother, Marissa, and her daughter, Julie, on a shamanic journey initiated when Julie tumbles into the shaft of a cave adorned with prehistoric paintings."—Maya Alexandri

"Interview on WYPR"
May 10, 2017

"Interview in the Baltimore Writer's Club"
May 9, 2017
- Baltimore Fishbowl

May 8, 2017

"Madison Smartt Bell, a past finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, lays out a gorgeous, desert dreamscape full of bad men and lost souls in his latest novel, Behind the Moon."—Ellory McLamb, JMWW Blog

"Interview on the Paris Review's blog"
May 8, 2017

Madison Smartt Bell interviewed for the Paris Review's blog.

- The Paris Review

Kirkus Reviews

"From Bell (The Color of Night, 2011, etc.), a novel about a young woman finding her way back aboveground both literally and metaphorically after a misadventure beneath the surface of things. . . . lyrical, ambitious, and well worth reading."—Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

"In Bell's latest novel, a girl named Julie, fleeing from a violent sexual encounter in the desert, tumbles into a cave and falls into a fever dream inspired by ancient drawings on the cave walls. . . . [A ] powerful, mind-bending work."—Publishers Weekly

Library Journal

"This latest from National Book Award finalist Bell (after Zig Zag Wanderer) is the story of an illicit teenage camping trip gone awry. . . . Multiple versions and perspectives are pervasive and illustrate the dream space and the story, culminating in a perfect matchup of beginning and ending."—Starred review, Library Journal


"Bell, bewitching and incandescently imaginative, masterfully parallels Marissa and Jamal's heart-pounding encounters with mayhem and mystery . . . [a] mind-twisting drama . . ."—Donna Seaman

"Behind the Moon featured in Baltimore Style Magazine"

"RNGS A BELL: In commemoration of the release of his latest novel, Behind the Moon, Baltimore author and National Book Award Finalist Madison Smartt Bell will join Bird in Hand's "Starts Here!" reading series. The novel tells the tale of a teenager named Julie who is attacked in the desert while on a camping trip with her friends … and the surprising ways in which her birth mother helps her to heal. Hear Bell read from the book May 13 at Bird in Hand Bookstore. Free." —K.U.

- Baltimore Style

Linda Chown, Numero Cinq Magazine

"Behind the Moon is an astounding achievement, to be read with an equally astounding freedom. . . . through and through a magical encounter and a novel of mystery, but then what should one expect being taken there behind the moon, that emblem in the sky of love, of unknown loneliness, and uneasy inaccessibility?"—Linda Chown, Numero Cinq Magazine

"Excerpt in Numero Cinq Magazine"
May 4, 2017

An excerpt from Behind the Moon in Numero Cinq Magazine.

- Numero Cinq Magazine