'Michael Sala is a sensitive, perceptive observer of human relationships and I have long admired his work. The Restorer is a beautifully written novel about growing up, starting again-and how the riptide of personal history can pull us further and further from safety, no matter how hard we fight.' -- Charlotte Wood
`There is so much to praise about this book. Michael Sala's prose is clear and unadorned, the setting exquisitely rendered, but it is his characters-all of them flawed and complex and deeply, deeply human-who will stay with me for a very long time. I would defy anyone to read this story and remain unmoved. The Restorer is an incredibly powerful novel and, I believe, an important one.'
-- Hannah Kent
`A wise and timely novel that builds and breaks like a summer storm-just as beautiful, just as brutal.' * Fiona McFarlane *
`Sala's story of mundane domestic tension explodes in ways both already anticipated and powerfully surprising. The narrative is real, compelling, sophisticated and deeply human. Having read this work, I will certainly seek out Sala's debut novel, and watch with interest for new works from this gifted creator. Strongly recommended.' * 4ZZZ *
`This is powerful, poetic, extraordinary fiction...Sala never falters.' * Australian *
`Unputdownable...Sala creates an atmosphere of simmering tension with an undercurrent of unpredictability that seeps into every exchange. [He] is a brilliant writer.' * Saturday Paper *
`Sala's account is sophisticated and shows the immense complexity of relationships.' * Good Reading *
`Sala's second novel is assured and polished and adds potency to the outcry against domestic violence.' * Herald Sun *
`Michael Sala's beautifully shaped second novel glows with all the complicated pain and joy of being human...A tremendous depth of insight and compassion on the part of the writer informs the three main characters...The reader knows pain is coming but the power and deep humanity of Sala's writing defies the instinct to look away.' * SA Weekend *
`Domestic violence is an everyday reality for tens of thousands of women in Australia. Recent horrors and public campaigns have raised awareness of this social scourge. Journalists have written extensively on the subject, yet it is novelists, as Michael Sala shows in The Restorer, that can gives us a more acute view of the emotional complexities that bind couples and keep women in threatening domestic situations.' * Australian Book Review *
`A slow burning work of fiction that moves with troubling intensity and sensitivity to give an insider's account of a violent marriage.' * Sydney Morning Herald *
`Entrancing and heartbreakingly sad.' * Who Weekly *
`The Restorer is a beautifully written and very powerful fiction that not only shines a light on the deep roots of domestic violence but also plays with the line of what remains in the face of such destruction. Sala's story will stay with the reader long after the book is finished.' * Compulsive Reader *
`This is a sensitively rendered novel with a fine eye for emotional and physical detail. The questions it raises are as disturbing as they are compelling.' * Sydney Morning Herald *
`Now, I'm not self-promoting here, but I will be on stage [at Sydney Writers Festival] with Newcastle writer Michael Sala. Indeed, the only person I'm promoting is Sala, as his unsettling family novel The Restorer is superb.
' * Stephen Romei, Australian *
`His style is spare and direct, as if parading its lack of trickiness and fanfare; but underneath it swells a great, unwieldy tide of emotion.' * Overland *
`The Restorer is a powerful, emotionally charged and thought provoking book.' * Pile by the Bed *
`Michael Sala taps into the tension and fear of the times to help build the mood...The cracks are widening long before the earth moves in this novel of a family locked into patterns of violence.' * Australian Women's Weekly *`The Restorer
is a powerful, emotionally charged and thought provoking book. Yet again shining a light on a pervasive strain in Australian society, Sala effectively builds the tension based on a certain fatalistic inevitability. The storm was always coming and it was always going to break.' * PS News *
`In this remarkable novel, Michael Sala builds tension masterfully until an explosive final act...This is powerful and poetic fiction that showcases a writer at the height of his powers.' * Judges' Report, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, 2018 *
`The standout novel for me was Michael Sala's ferocious family drama The Restorer
. In a year that made me think again and again about why men do terrible things, Sala's emotional tour-de-force dares to confront some of those causes and the implications of violence at a social level.'
-- Gretchen Shirm * Australian, Books of the Year 2017 *
`A scrupulously written, scarifying story of impending tragedy, which is to give nothing away...A picture of domestic tension, violence and disintegration.'
* Sydney Morning Herald, Books for Your Holiday Reading *