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What people are saying about Becoming Leidah

“If you prefer your history with a dash of fantasy, dig in to Becoming Leidah, a novel that blends myth with the harsh reality of life in Norway in the distant past. ..Even the most supernatural skeptics will find Becoming Leidah’s details about nineteenth-century Norway fascinating.”

"How many dimensions of literary delight exist? I think I experienced all here: surprise after surprise - micro to macro - subtle yet electrifying.

Both innocence and experience are in full bloom. Not just a fantasy, it’s very grounded in reality. Magical realism with an emphasis on both magical and real."

Jonathon, Goodreads

“Bold statement alert... This will be in my top ten favorite books of the year. Possibly top 5. (And I read a LOT of books). ... Every word was beautiful. @michellegrierson11 has created something wonderful. *This book earned the “Please Don’t Speak To Mom While She’s Reading” seal of approval.”

@kybooklady, instagram

"....creative and unique writing style... Grierson has a very specific and sensory gift for description, making the ordinary seem magical...

take the leap and buy will be taken aback by Michelle Grierson’s beautiful and vivid prose."

"...this is a truly unique reading experience that defies classification. For those who aren’t put off by the unconventional, this is a fascinating and exquisitely singular read that had me riveted from the first page."

 CherylAnd Other Tales Goodreads

"Leidah, a shapeshifter, can move between the Nine Worlds. This is such a bizarre retelling of the Norse/Celtic tale of the fisherman‘s wife. The writing is compelling and peculiar... This is such an impressive debut novel from @michellegrierson11, who has already developed a unique style of magic realism."

@amihanbooks, instagram

"I just loved this book! ... beautiful in every sense, the writing is so yummy, and you feel as if you've been swept away by the sea to Norway.... The story just unfolds and surprises the reader with each chapter. And the chapters are fast, and flowing!"     


 Hollie L,  Netgalley review

Michelle Grierson is an impeccable writer and fearsome storyteller, and anyone who picks up her book will be reminded of the wild things, the yearnings of the heart, and the echo of the gods in the wind and the water. 

Honour, Goodreads

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"A stunning debut that has left me reeling!...This story was WILD. Weird, wonderful, a slow-moving entrancing story that had me wrapped up like one of the Three Sisters’ webs. The beautiful imagery, the atmospheric beckoning of the sea, the mystery of Maeva and the picture that slowly emerges of her identity.. it’s magnificent." 


 Meghan, Plethora_of_pages Goodreads

"Becoming Leidah is a complex novel with many layers of realities, voices, themes, and times that the author spins together to the final scene. The writing is rich with imagery that evokes the town, the people, and the sea, which plays an integral role....Those looking for an unusual kind of reading experience should consider this novel."

Franca Pellaccia,

Historical Novel Society


"Becoming Leidah is just exquisite.... I’ve never read anything like it! .... The writing is the kind that keeps each word special & important, but the plot keeps on driving hard forward."  


Readingontherun  instagram review

"The writing was absolutely beautiful.... fast-paced and kept me intrigued through the entire book."

Alexis, Hooked to Books

“A highly-compulsive read ... stunning lyrical prose. I was completely invested in the storyline... A brilliantly-written book.”

@gwendalyn_books, instagram

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