Piranesi, though that’s not his name, lives in a house with no end, by himself, save for a few fish and birds, and a once-weekly visit from someone he calls “the Other”. The house, with vast white marble rooms, full of statues and columns, goes on for infinity through halls, corridors, and courtyards, and exists on three levels, the lower floors are home to an ocean with its unique tidal flow, the upper floors are in the clouds, and in the middle is Piranesi’s world. Piranesi is blissfully happy, and perfectly in balance with his world, a master of its internal seasons and its idiosyncrasies, until the day “the Oracle” unexpectedly arrives and then all he thinks he knows begins to unravel. A work of genius!— Becky Doherty
Wow, this one was an unexpected gem! Our story follows a man called Piranesi who lives in a labyrinth of a house, with halls upon halls and haunting statues and entire seas. He spends his days exploring the house- monitoring the tides and mapping the stars, charting each hall and unearthing the infinite wonders inside. This story is like a puzzle box, and bit by bit we learn more and more about Piranesi’s otherworldly home and how it came to be.
Reading this book gave me the same feelings as reading Harry Potter as a child- filled with warmth, wonder, and magic. Finishing it felt like waking from a spectral dream that you just want to close your eyes and return to. I’ve never read anything like it before, and this charming and quirky little book has earned a place among my most memorable and special reads. — Madison Gallup
This is a wonderful book. Piranesi is so endearing and completely lovely and I will be returning to his story and his world many times. This story is absolutely masterful, beautifully strange and unusual, and I already want to read it again. — Arabella Peterson
“It was more than 15 years ago that Susanna Clarke built a wing on the edifice of fantasy fiction unlike any seen before in the form of a debut novel called Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. After so long, I’d be grateful for any new work from her, but I’m unspeakably glad that she’s again constructed something entirely new. Piranesi has a smaller footprint than her previous novel, but makes more efficient use of space, cramming an entire unsettling universe into a book far bigger on the inside than it is out.”
— James Crossley, Madison Books, Seattle, WA
“This beguiling story proves that a slim novel can be epic in scope, and that complex is not the same as abtruse. The mystery surrounding Piranesi and the House he lives in immediately draws one in. An engaging and thought-provoking novel.”
— Keith Glaeske, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC
Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. Piranesi is not afraid; he lives to explore the house. There is one other person in the house - a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. As Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.