REVIEWS & ACCOLADES
Another Place You've Never Been is included among the Huffington Post's 20 Books You'll Need For Your Shelf in Fall 2016. "Fans of the vignette style of Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” might enjoy Rebecca Kauffman’s take on the roman à clef...It’s an inventive debut that’s already been compared to Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad."
Another Place You've Never Been has been longlisted for the Center For Fiction First Novel Prize.
Fiction Advocate: "..Another Place You’ve Never Been is a moving, elegantly constructed tribute to human frailty and loss, and to our stubborn insistence on striving for human connection despite a slew of obstacles. In the character of Tracy, Kauffman has given us a fascinating portrait of a modern, tragic heroine, and a lens into our own darkest, most hopeful places."
Library Journal Starred Review: "Kauffman's immediately involving novel-in-stories, delivered in crisp language and with a strong sense of the characters surrounding her....Verdict: While a series of stories don't always add up to a novel, this is an accomplished debut - at times emotionally gritty but always emotionally true. For all fiction collections."
Another Place You've Never Been is named a Big Indie Book of Fall 2016.
Publishers Weekly Boxed / Starred Review: "...Watching how these characters intersect is incredibly satisfying. In clear and vivid prose, Kauffman potently depicts lonely and isolated lives, marked by rash decisions made in the hope of finding connection. By the end of the novel, the pieces of the puzzle that is Tracy's life fit together, her disappointments as much a part of her as her small victories, resulting in an undeniably moving and emotionally true portrayal of the kitchen sink of human experience."
Chosen as one of Read It Forward's Favorite Reads of October. "...Through the eyes of the characters in these stories—many tragic but making the best of what they have—we glimpse Kauffman’s deep and abiding empathy."
Chosen as a Staff Pick at Changing Hands Bookstore: "...Kauffman's writing is intentional...The way she uses her main character, Tracy, as a peripheral character in some chapters is brilliant. We all have aspects of Tracy in our own character, or at least know a Tracy: neglected, desperate, and perpetually human. I can't say I've read anything quite so similar. This novel is gritty, exposed, American, inviting, and personal. Dive in, but be wary of the water."
Chosen as a Staff Pick at Brown Bookstore: "Part of the fun of reading, I find, can be finding the title in the story. I won't give it away, but I was surprised by the meaning when it showed up. Kauffman's interlinked stories have some of the same characters, but different characters are featured in each story. Down on their luck, hard scrabble lives for the most part, some characters fortunes rise and fall, but they all carry on. Just when you think things will never change, the stories become stronger and the ending is well-done."
Kirkus Review: "Kauffman's compassion for her lonely characters is evident...Characters affected by the 'cruelty of carelessness' nonetheless make the best of what they get."
Another Place You've Never Been is listed among Fall Titles recommended by Publishers Weekly.
"Another Place You've Never Been is a gorgeous, witty novel that reminded me of Olive Kitteridge...if Olive had been a down-on-her-luck waitress dreaming of love in upstate New York. I loved this kindhearted, beautiful book." -Amanda Eyre Ward, author of The Same Sky and How to be Lost
"In this mesmerizing novel composed of short, powerful, interlocking stories, Rebecca Kauffman gives us a wide cast of characters struggling to find happiness, and maybe even transcendence, in a harsh landscape. At the center of it all is Tracy, a woman fighting against the odds, one of the most complex and memorable figures to appear in recent American fiction. Clear-eyed, witty, and dazzlingly inventive, this is a novel that disturbs and delights. An extraordinary debut." -Brian Morton, author of Starting Out in the Evening and Florence Gordon