Reviews for The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose
In his highly addictive and multi-faceted first novel, Augustus Rose pits an irrepressible and gritty young heroine against a sinister group of fanatics. The Readymade Thief is a kickass debut from start to finish.
—Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad
The Readymade Thief is my favorite kind of book: an improbable one. This novel is a map of the things Augustus Rose loves — urban exploration, secret societies, the city of Philadelphia, Marcel Duchamp, very possibly the Home Alone movies — and if those things don’t seem to fit together, well, that’s the magic of the improbable book, and the transmutation of an author’s obsessions, by energy and intellect, into something wholly new: a novel that’s unexpected, uncategorizable, unputdownable.
—Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore
The Readymade Thief is a brilliant, suspenseful, and cinematic novel with an unforgettable heroine and a big story about art, the nature of consciousness, and all points in between. Be prepared to lose yourself in it.
—Edan Lepucki, author of California and Woman No. 17
I fell more than a little bit in love not just with Lee—the gutsy protagonist of Augustus Rose’s gorgeous debut novel, The Readymade Thief—but with the book itself. It’s a hypnotizing amalgamation of love story and mystery. I am in awe.
— Hannah Pittard, author of Listen to Me
In The Readymade Thief, Augustus Rose shows that he has one of the steadiest hands in fiction. How else to explain how effortlessly he complicates and expands the mystery at the heart of the novel, adding Marcel Duchamp, the Darknet, Urban Exploration, and a unified field theory along the way to such amazing effect. Each time I thought I had found my way to solid ground, another level opened up, and I eagerly tunneled deeper. Rose has crafted something memorable, crackling with energy, a truly wonderful tale.
—Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang
“The Readymade Thief is smart and strange, full of lovely Duchampian tricks and treats. Augustus Rose has infused his thriller with the true Dada spirit, nothing is quite what it seems. I loved it.”
—Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife
A rewarding novel full of pleasures and surprises. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, it took me somewhere stranger and deeper than I could have imagined. A rich, heady mix of ideas and thrills.
—Charles Yu, author of How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe