And so it begins… the anxiety over book reviews!

With the official launch of Chasing Utopia still two months away, the book got its first early review from Kirkus, the influential trade magazine… and I was relieved (nay, thrilled) that the reviewer liked the book. 

Read the full review here. If nothing else, it gives me something to salve my ego when the inevitable lukewarm or antagonistic reviews start to come in… I’ve got no illusions that everyone will share Kirkus’s opinion about a book on a topic as deeply divided as the history of Israel.

And I look forward to adding the final line from the review to my collection of blurbs: “An eye-opening look at an Eden of eco-villages gradually giving way to economic exigencies.”

Sounds good to me.