Reviews

"Nutshell: I loved Katie Williams's debut novel Tell the Machine Goodnight. So much that I read it twice. The first time was straight through — not driven by plot or thrumming action, but in a languid drift across 280-some pages, a feeling like being drunk on a raft in calm water. The second time I dipped in and out, 10 or 20 pages at a swallow. I might read it again when we're done here. Haven't decided yet." -- National Public Radio

"As we integrate ourselves ever deeper with technology, it makes sense that these themes will and should emerge in novels, and Williams offers a master class in not losing sight of the human element." -- New York Times Book Review

"With its clever, compelling vision of the future, deeply human characters, and delightfully unpredictable story, this novel is itself a recipe for contentment.” -- Kirkus, starred

“A savvy take on technology’s potential and its moral failings… Williams never allows satire to overtake her story’s moral center or its profoundly generous and humanistic heart, resulting in a sharp and moving novel." -- Publishers Weekly

“With its large heart, compelling cast of characters and frighteningly-not-far-from-reality technology, Tell the Machine Goodnight is a story that will compel you to keep reading, while also allowing you the space to meditate on the understanding that happiness looks different for everyone.” -- PopMatters

“[A] vivid, clever debut.” -- O, the Oprah Magazine

“...delightfully weird and humorous…a fascinating exploration of our increasing reliance on technology and our obsession with finding a quick fix for everything.” -- Shondaland

"For all its imaginative and speculative power...its primary concern is something so fundamentally human that it transcends time—our insatiable need to feel better, to decipher whatever happiness means." -- BookPage