Blue Hours

Press & Reviews

“I've never read a novel quite like Blue Hours. Daphne Kalotay writes with a clarity and an an attention to detail that most authors should rightfully envy. Part heroic quest, part social x-ray, part sui generis meditation on identity, this is a book that lodges, in the best sense, in the mind.”

—John Wray, award-winning author of Godsend and Lowboy

"What a terrific novel. Only a book this good could move so well from the intensities of youth to the disasters of the global world—love’s joys and miscalculations from the East Village to Afghanistan. Beautifully written, Blue Hours did that rarest of things, it took me places I never expected to go."

—Joan Silber, award-winning author of Improvement

Blue Hours is a gripping adventure story set in modern Afghanistan and a compelling tale of a heartbreaking love triangle. It is also a lyrical exploration of the intensely personal consequences of national political decisions, of actions that affect who and what we are as Americans. This is an important novel for our time.”

— Rishi Reddi, award-winning author of Karma and Other Stories