Editorial reviews

The Guardian : Census by Jesse Ball review – a moving portrayal of radical innocence (April 14, 2018)

You don’t have to have any particular interest in Down’s syndrome to connect with this aspect of the book: it isn’t a polemic about special needs, but a detailed and moving portrayal of a kind of radical innocence, one that brings both the cruelty and the kindness in the world around it into sharp focus.

Washington Independent Review of Books : Census: A Novel (March 28, 2018)

The novel’s main philosophical thrust comes through the narrator’s interest in the writing of Gerhard Mutter, a fictional naturalist who wrote obsessively about cormorants. The narrator’s sublime attempt to see the world as his son sees it is paralleled with Mutter’s trying to know the mind of the birds she so admires.

That's What She Read : The very lovely Census (March 15, 2018)

Census is a balm to heal the wounds from which we all suffer caused by the hatred and vitriol being spewed by all sides on a daily basis.

Bookreporter : Census (March 10, 2018)

An elegiac yet ultimately hopeful story about a man’s intentions for his final days and about his wishes and dreams for his son following his death.

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