"We all set our sights on the Great American Novel. . . . [Thomas Maltman] comes impressively close to laying his hands on the grail."-Madison Smartt Bell, The Boston Globe
"Maltman's prose and pacing flow from an expert hand. . . . His gaze is unflinching and balanced. . . . And while there is much loss in the novel, in the end there is salvation."-Robin Vidimos, Denver Post
"Maltman's writing is most lucid when he explores the German folklore, Dakota mysticism, and pioneer spirituality that shape his characters' understanding of their own harsh world."-Entertainment Weekly
"Thomas Maltman's debut novel, The Night Birds, soars and sings like a feathered angel."-Chicago Sun-Times
"[Maltman] excels at giving even his most harrowing scenes an understated realism and at painting characters who are richly, sometimes disturbingly human. The novel sustains its tension right to the moment it ends."-Publishers Weekly (starred)
"[A] flawless sense of history marked...