“Delightfully visual, full of whimsy, adventure, and blithely caustic social commentary
… [a] smart, frolicsome, and charming first novel. ”
Booklist (Starred Review)
“Zany and entertaining… a generous and whacky story in the tradition of Tom Robbins.”
“Going to See the Elephant” has been selected as one of the “7 Best Books” of the New Year.
“Going to See the Elephant” is a vivid, giant mash note to the city by the bay. It’s an adventure story, a love story and a story about growing up.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Rodes Fishburne has no interest in front-page realism — magic realism is more his thing. He’s a fantacist, and his sweet comic novel is as light as a bright balloon, and just as appealing.”
“… a debut novel that’s hilarious, unpredictable, and lovely.”
Meaghan Leenaarts, Island Bookstore, Corolla, NC
“Going to See the Elephant” has been selected as a January 2009 selection of the Indie Next List!
“Slater Brown… is just the man I’d want to lead me through the streets of San Francisco…. Going to See the Elephant is a rollicking good tale… one can’t help falling in love.”
“Going to See the Elephant will delight anybody who has ever written a first novel, wanted to write a first novel, and especially those who cherish reading unforgettable first novels. It is both funny and wise.”
“Rodes Fishburne is a marksman hunting down first-novel fame, and he never misses”