Departure Lounge by Chad Taylor
Reviewed by Jonathan Yardley
Washington Post Book World
"Still in his thirties, Chad Taylor already has gotten a lot of attention in his native New Zealand, including many enthusiastic reviews and a couple of prestigious literary fellowships, but he hasn't made much of a dent in the United States. Only one of his four previous novels, Shirker (2001), has been published here, and though a film adaptation of his novel Heaven was released by Miramax in 1998, it doesn't seem to have found much of an audience. Departure Lounge may not change any of that but it certainly ought to, because it is smart, original, surprising and just about as cool as a novel can get." Read the entire Washington Post Book World Review.