If there isn't a category of literature known as Maritime Postmodern, Kenneth J. Harvey continues to make a case that there should be, with himself as its leading proponent. Like 2006's Inside, about a wrongly convicted man attempting to reintegrate into society, Reinventing the Rose deftly explores themes of alienation and lays bare the interior life of its protagonist.
Quill and Quite
Harvey is a careful painter himself, constructing Anna with care and complexity. Particularly beautiful are the books initial chapters detailing her private pain.
The Halifax Chronicle-Herald
Reinventing the Rose delivers timely counterpunches against the economic and cultural policies of every political regime that uses the language of stable government and family values to overturn women's rights.
The Globe and Mail
Profoundly entertaining...a pulpy page-turner.
The National Post
Part psychological thriller, part political conflict pro-life and pro-choice activists go head to head Reinventing The Rose is a potent page-turner.
Reinventing the Rose rejects the simple clichés of consumer-culture pregnancy mags in favour of something else ... with elements so unsettling they raise the hair on my neck.
The Edmonton Journal
In Reinventing the Rose, Kenneth J. Harvey has crafted a startling and unique story of a woman whose body and the pregnancy that lies within it are no longer her own. Harvey's ability to create suspense through intimate details, unanswered questions and presences, is remarkable and lasting. By throwing splashes of color into a black and white landscape, Harvey knows how to manipulate a single, simple moment and give it the weight of the world.
Newfoundland-born-and-bred-in-the-bone Kenneth J. Harvey, Back-of-Beyonder Wonder, master of several literary forms as well as artistic genres including poetry, commentaria, criticism, filmmaking and, most notably, fiction, especially the rapturously received just-published Reinventing the Rose...
The Globe and Mail
Horrific, offensive and greatly entertaining.
The Ottawa Citizen
The newest work from acclaimed Newfoundland author Kenneth J. Harvey, Reinventing the Rose has already reached international bestseller status with a gripping and at times dark story sure to pull at a wide range of emotions.
The Newfoundland Herald
This book had me gripped right away, with that a signature narrative hook of his I was reading the thing, all alone, outside a neighbourless cabin, in the pitch black night, and like a little girl, ran inside and turned on all the lights. He's got a way of mastering point of view that puts his story under your skin and your nerves on edge.
This is a book that hardly ever rests. Every turn reveals something fantastical, phantasmagoric and that word again audacious.