Next Magazine - Inside Wilberforce's Pressure Cooker
Publishers Weekly - An Obsession With Boarding School
Open Letters Monthly | Steve Reads - Best Books of 2015: Fiction Debuts! "Now I’m convinced the author is playing a much, much deeper game than I at first guessed."
Politics and Prose Bookstore - Best of Britain "H.S. Cross has created a world in which the raw pain and pleasure of adolescence combine to heightened, highly charged, and sometimes hilarious effect."
Huffington Post - 33 Can't-Miss New Reads
Lambda Literary - New in September
New York Journal of Books - "Her depiction of inner emotional turmoil inside Morgan Wilberforce's head could be among the best anywhere."
The Rumpus - "Cross brings a contemporary sensibility to her novel of Morgan Wilberforce’s fraught development."
Image Journal - “Cross’s rich gifts as a writer are evident on every page. She has thoroughly researched and inhabited this world, down to its slang, rituals, and historical atmosphere. Saint Stephen’s feels completely authentic, and every word choice is apt."
Image Update - "Cross understands the fraught borderland where the psychological and spiritual overlap, and the theological dimension of this story is both palpable and subtly drawn."
Booklist (paywall) - "First in a planned series set in a Yorkshire boys’ academy, this literary, character-driven debut novel requires careful reading but rewards with its psychological insight and dry humor, leaving the reader longing for all that is good, peaceful, and hopeful. For Anglophiles, seekers, and those who enjoy the insular world of C. P. Snow’s Strangers and Brothers novels and the haunting power of Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending."
Postcards From Purgatory - "I really, really, really want to talk about this book with someone who has read it."