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WE GOT HIM
a novel, New Rivers Press; paperback, 2016; audiobook by blunder woman 2018
“Elizabeth Searle has long worked the intersection of spectacle and news…For her new novel, “We Got Him,” Searle homes in on the manhunt that followed the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, around which she weaves the tale of a troubled family. A versatile, darkly comic writer, Searle brings a pulsing, kinetic quality to her work.”
JOAN SILVERMAN, THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
"I loved Elizabeth Searle's new novel, WE GOT HIM, which beautifully parallels the marathon bombing and search for the bombers with the story of an Arlington couple undergoing the premature birth of their hard-won baby… I couldn't put it down and enjoyed the Faulknerian play and ambition, 'AS I LAY DYING', here transformed to as I lay birthing."
DeWitt Henry, GOODREADS
"Elizabeth Searle’s 'WE GOT HIM' is an ingeniously plotted, suspenseful novel written in blood, mother’s milk and the unintended consequence of rage. It is the story of one family’s inherited flaws, harbored guilts and obsessive desires, whether for a child, a parent or a second chance to do the elusive right thing. Powerfully worked against the unfolding events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Elizabeth Searle’s taut drama of a young, pregnant stepmother and her troubled stepson, is a narrative tour de force, interweaving public and private acts of terror with the redemptive, but ever-fragile, forces of love."
Melissa Pritchard, author of Palmerino and A Solemn Pleasure
“TURNING TRAGEDY INTO GREAT ART… [A] magnificent new noveL... In it, Searle takes a very public tragedy and turns it into personal and profound art. And could it be more timely?"
CAROLINE LEAVITTT; CAROLINELEAVITTVILLE.COM
"Working surmise and revelation with a caffeinated accuracy, Elizabeth Searle replays the drama of the Boston Marathon bombings, exploring how public tragedy invades and unsettles an already unsettled home life. 'WE GOT HIM' assesses the nature of extraordinary circumstance and what it then takes to negotiate happiness."
Sven Birkerts, critic and author of CHANGING THE SUBJECT: ART AND ATTENTION IN THE INTERNET AGE
"Elizabeth Searle’s 'WE GOT HIM' is an intimate, breathless ride-along with a husband and wife who find themselves on the brink of their baby’s premature birth amid the chaos set off by the Boston Marathon bombings. Searle weaves a tautly told tale that combines high family drama with the tension of a city under virtual lockdown, terrorized by bombers who remain on the loose. A compelling and poignant novel from a master portrayer of the place where domestic and current events meet – and sometimes collide."
Jessica Treadway, author of LACY EYE
“Fascinating.. A real page-turner… rich with character… It’s the kind of fiction that reads like non-fiction… It’s a hell of a good novel.” Bruce Pratt, 'Sports lit,' WZON radio (Maine); “Downtown with Rich Kimball”
“This book is quite fascinating” Diane Goshgarian:
“Behind the Pages” (BCA TV, MA); "SusPENSEFUL!": Alberto Vasallo III on "URBAN UPDATE" (Boston, Channel 7- NBC)
"Elizabeth Searle is an electric talent and 'We Got Him' is a highly charged, vividly written page turner. Set amidst the 2013 Boston bomber manhunt, Searle's intimate narrative captures both female and male experiences of sex and birth, joy and terror. Testing taboo limits, tuned to our Pop Culture pulsebeat, Searle creates a spellbinding tale for our times."
ANN HOOD, Bestselling author of 'the Knitting Circle'
GIRL HELD IN HOME, a novel
“GIRL HELD IN HOME gracefully walks the knife's edge between wild satire and ripped-from-the-headlines realism. Elizabeth Searle's new novel is sexy, funny, creepy and highly enjoyable”
- TOM PERROTTA
“Searle manages to spin a completely zany plot that holds some hard truths about prejudice, sexual politics and fear. This is one political novel that manages to convey its message with humor and insight.”
- Joanne Wilkinson, BOOKLIST
“A noir tale that harnesses the folly of our post-9/11 world...In this serio-comic novel, Searle has managed to take such meaty topics as bigotry, fear and hysteria and whip them into a tasty stew...Searle balances the moral and emotional sides of these issues, while serving up more than a dollop of satire.”
- Joan Silverman, PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
“Elizabeth Searle finds the over-the-top comedy in her breakneck new novel, GIRL HELD IN HOME... The result is touching, as well as funny”
- Clea Simon, THE BOSTON GLOBE “
A thrilling reflection of post-9/11 suburban America”
- Josie E. Davis on The LiterallyPlop Review
“A capsule of post-9/11 suburbia...loaded with its own dark discoveries and precarious desire...heaps of heartfelt wit...A complex deconstruction of that strange grey area that ecclipses hero and traitor, hostage and terrorist.”
- Rachael Katz, reviewing Searle and Matthew Salesses in DIG BOSTON
“In GIRL HELD IN HOME, Elizabeth Searle uses her signature zany brilliance to turn suburbia, adultery, parenting, politics and even terrorism into something new and insightful. Move over, John Cheever! Elizabeth Searle has arrived!”
- ANN HOOD
“A smart, quirky and ultimately profound tale of domestic suspense”
- JOSEPH FINDER
“GIRL HELD IN HOME is the 'not now, honey, I'm reading' book of the year. Believe me, you will not want to be interrupted once you begin this thrilling novel. It is, in a word, unputdownable”
- LESLEA NEWMAN
“In case fans of John Barth have been wondering what that master ironist might have done with 9/11 and its aftermath, hold onto your hats. Here comes Elizabeth Searle... The new novel, part thriller and part romance is tense and satirically funny at once."
- AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW
"Trademark Searle: quick with the life of the moment but also tuned to deeper implications”
- SVEN BIRKERTS
CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE
a novella and stories
“Vivid and distinctive”
“Energetic and unpredictable”
- LIBRARY JOURNAL
“Her novella demands attention for its nuance as well as its wallop.”
- KIRKUS REVIEWS
“Unpredictable and ripe with unique prose”
- BOOK Magazine
“Searle is able to tap into that elusive place where humor and tragedy converge... creepy and colorful... a fine collection.”
- TIME OUT NEW YORK
“An avalanche of sexual tension propels these narratives....
The title novella... is a miniature masterpiece.”
- NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Full quote on the novella from the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW:
“The title novella, which features a woman who wants to portray the skater Nancy Kerrigan in a television movie, is a miniature masterpiece that holds a dirty mirror up to our often obsessive fascination with the rich and famous.”
A FOUR-SIDED BED
“Bending gender and conventional notions about love and marriage, Searle’s bold and beautiful book reaches right past the sensationalism of a love triangle to offer us an intense and moving portrait of the different ways people can connect.”-
BOOKLIST (starred review)
“Elizabeth Searle stretches the angles of friendship, the lines of love and the curves of lust... Her elegant prose and anything-but-PC gender play are pleasing to the mind and to the loins”
- BOSTON PHOENIX
“In clipped poetic language, Searle skillfully unwinds a psychosexual narrative.”
- NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“[An] intense, deeply moving first novel... Unusually intelligent exploration of sexuality...”
- PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY
“Erotically charged... A moving meditation on loyalty and love.”
- SEATTLE TIMES
"Elizabeth Searle's fiction is a physical experience.'
“A powerful, unsettling first novel... A bright, distinctive, haunting debut.”
- KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)
MY BODY TO YOU
a story collection
“Elizabeth Searle’s My Body To You is a book with obsessions, primal obsessions that too many short story writers wring safely out of their fiction... While their bodies play tricks on them, these women (and all of the central characters are women) suffer fascinating, subtle and mostly troubling interior journeys... Hypnotic... [An] extremely sensual book... Stories of life, death and the hunger in between.”
- THE BOSTON GLOBE
“A young writer, teeming with diction, intense as a laser beam, refuses to practice fiction by tape recorder... Her intensely crafted stories require undivided attention... To put it her way: visual equipment works. Auditory sense shines. Elegant touch triumphs. Reputation takes off.”
- PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
"These are stories that walk into a room and EVERY eye turns toward them. Who is this writer, you wonder. She is Elizabeth Searle and believe me, she is for real."
“Elizabeth Searle has written these stories in fire.”
"A writer remarkable for her sheer use of language."
“The pressure inside [the female protagonists]-- pressure to test the limits of the sensible, the approved, even the sexually possible-- is almost more than mere skin can hold...Command of technique, matched with Searle’s vision, makes this an impressive body of work.”
- LOS ANGELES TIMES
GIRL HELD IN HOME
Based on a true crime, this literary suspense novel tells the story of a girl held as an 'unpaid servant' in a wealthy home-- discovered by a teenage boy and his mother, who wind up 'held hostage' with the girl in post-9/11 suburban Boston. Watch the BOOK TRAILER on YouTube.
A FOUR-SIDED BED
Some love stories have more than two sides. A young wife discovers her husband's mysterious first love was a menage a trois, which turns out to be far from over. In development as a feature film from Creatrix Films and recently re-released in a new paperback edition.
Celebrities In Disgrace & MY BODY TO YOU
James Salter selected MY BODY TO YOU as winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE was reviewed in the NYTBR as a 'miniature masterpiece.' was a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize, inspired Elizabeth's ongoing blog (link below) and was produced as a short film which screened at festivals around the country.