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Praise for The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe


"Betsey Osborne has written a lovely and thoughtful novel about marriage, aging and the complications of living within the world. The quiet elegance of her prose, her careful observation and her sympathy for her characters make The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe a pleasure to encounter."

-Roxana Robinson, author of Sweetwater and A Perfect Stranger


"The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe is a delightful contemporary novel that is at the same time a marvelously civilized and truly literary treat for wise readers devoted to the nearly lost worlds explored by J.P. Marquand, and Booth Tarkington before him."

-Katharine Weber, author of Triangle, The Little Women, The Music Lesson, and Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear


"Writing with the precise and haunting tones of Virginia Woolf, Betsey Osborne creates a compelling world . . . Uncas Metcalfe is a character for the ages, as if drawn by John Kennedy Toole or Jonathan Franzen. I dare you not to laugh with him one moment and shiver with misunderstanding the next."

-Stephen J. Dubner, author of New York Times bestseller Freakonomics and Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Family


"With graceful and poetic prose Betsey Osborne has created an engrossing, suspenseful, mysterious, often funny, and at times haunting tale of a man forced to reflect on his life, his family, his own character. Osborne is a truly compelling writer--intelligent, subtle, moral, and deep."

-Rosemary Mahoney, author of A Singular Pilgrim, Whoredom in Kimmage and The Early Arrival of Dreams


"In her careful, thoughtful and moving first novel, The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe, Betsey Osborne charts a course through what she describes as 'a thicket of intimates,' to reveal the achingly human heart of a man out-of-step with the times, a man whose reticence leaves him stranded from those he holds most dear. It is a heartbreaker of a book, beautifully observed and rendered."

-Victoria Vinton, author of The Jungle Law