Reviews

  • Supple, artful, skilful storytelling - it takes an immediate grip on the reader's imagination and doesn't let go

    Hilary Mantel
  • Fragile Monsters, set over 60 years in Malaysia, wears its slipperiness on its sleeve, stories and fairytales and lies colliding as a woman tries to pick apart where she comes from . . . an impressive debut, atmospheric and unsettling

    Sunday Telegraph, 5 stars
  • A brilliant novel about homecoming and the layered, unstable past that haunts and hurts . . . I admire it enormously

    Colm Tóibín
  • A rich and moving family history takes shape, filled with love and heartache, guilt and grief, and no end of secrets and lies . . . Gripping, compelling . . . Menon's story shows that, though time flows on, history's waves still ripple decades downstream

    Economist
  • Menon is a sparky storyteller whose thickly atmospheric debut keeps us guessing as its many ghosts press in ever closer

    Daily Mail
  • A beautiful, richly textured absorbing read. I was utterly transported

    Irenosen Okojie
  • A propulsive debut scattered with gems of fresh and surprising imagery. Menon is at her best exploring the intricate bond between women over generations, their histories strung tight over the fraught realities of a nation coming into being

    Preti Taneja
  • Always here for a cross-generational family story, especially one that involves moral ambivalence

    Marian Keyes selection for her PageTurners top reads
  • A beautifully written story of one Indian Malaysian family's history, entwined with secrets and hidden heartbreak . . . Fragile Monsters is a story of homecoming which illustrates the tension of returning to a past which remains painfully present . . . a cleverly-crafted family saga which explores themes of truth, belonging and shame across multiple generations

    Asian Review of Books
  • Leavened with a brisk, dry humour, Fragile Monsters is as propulsive as any mystery, with a bewitching sense of place . . . an accomplished feat of multi-stranded storytelling

    Evening Standard

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