Praise for Three Rooms
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“I was bowled over by this barbed, supple book about precarity and power, both for its spiky, unsettling intelligence and the frank beauty of the writing.”
—Olivia Laing, author of The Lonely City and Everybody
"Jo Hamya is an exceptionally gifted writer. Her portrait of a bright young woman struggling to get a foothold in an indifferent world is acute, informed, and deeply felt. Three Rooms slowly but surely broke my heart."
—Claire-Louise Bennett, author of Pond
"With sentences so stunning and sharp, Jo Hamya's Three Rooms devastatingly portrays the unrelenting nature of attempting to survive amidst the noise and the constraints of contemporary life. I loved this book for its grace and its confidence and for its continued unwillingness to look away."
—Lynn Steger Strong, author of Want
“A slim, intense novel that clung to me from the first page to the last. Jo Hamya’s writing is breathtaking and unlike anyone else’s—gorgeous, unflinching, and distilled, her sentences carried a quiet wisdom and surprising bursts of tenderness that cut through to my heart. Three Rooms is a spectacular debut novel about womanhood, belonging, and the attempt to carve out a private space to live and work within a hostile world. It asks the question of how we construct our identity and find our voice without a room of one’s own.”
—Sanaë Lemoine, author of The Margot Affair
"Jo Hamya’s debut novel is full of astute observations on modern life, and her language pulled me in. The way she gets at current politics (Brexit, rising nationalism, etc.) through the lens of one woman is remarkable. I’m going to be thinking about this novel for a long time."
"It’s an anti-coming of age story, a bleak portrait of a generation for whom a “room of one’s own” lingers permanently out of reach."
"Three Rooms is brilliant, and brilliant in new ways. Jo Hamya’s writing is full of unexpected angles and original, vivid approaches; it’s intelligent, melancholy, funny and subtle."
—Chris Power, author of A Lonely Man and Mothers
"A meticulous portrait of a hostile present drawn from a year spent haunting others’ houses, Hamya’s prose is both spectral and steeped in contemporary reality—a slow but sure burn."
—Olivia Sudjic, author of Sympathy
"A stunning achievement. Three Rooms is both assertion and interrogation: of the world, our immediate landscape, ourselves. Hamya’s writing is silken, delicate yet tough, successfully bearing the weight of deft observations that unsettle, even while they bear witness. Her assured candour is awe inspiring, truth telling rarely feels so immersive, so enjoyable a read. I’m full of curious excitement about what she’ll write in the future. In every way possible, Three Rooms is a novel for our times."
—Courttia Newland, author of A River Called Time and screenwriter for Steve McQueen's "Small Axe" films
"Three Rooms is a masterpiece of attentiveness. Hamya's rooms are not just filled with furniture, air and light, but with social codes and gestures, politics, privileges and precarities; they are rooms filled with all the clatter and pressure and bullshit of the infosphere, and the exhausting acclivity of trying to find a meaningful home within it, or just somewhere vaguely affordable to live. Incisive, funny, sad and true: I felt every thought of it."
—Jack Underwood, author of Not Even This