The Best Books of 2018—The New Yorker
100 Notable Books of 2018, The New York Times
“Its aim is not to tell a story, exactly, but to create a portrait of a mind moving uneasily between a new, chosen culture and the one left behind.” — The New Yorker
Naming it among the favorite books of 2018, Canada’s Globe & Mail says that this book “reinvents the immigrant novel“
“consistently entertaining” — The New York Times
"This novel is an inventive delight, perfectly pitched to omnivorous readers." — Publisher's Weekly.
"a bold and provocative counter-narrative... We live in a world of #MeToo; this novel fearlessly unmasks some great men, making political stalwarts and revolutionaries stumble down from their pedestals."—The Guardian
"... Immigrant, Montana is razor-sharp, told meditatively and youthfully, and is just as entertaining as it is serious." PEN America
"As cerebral as it is sensual... Immigrant, Montana is intelligent, melancholy, quirky. At a time when feelings run high over which immigrants get to call themselves American, Kailash’s idiosyncratic voice adds a welcome tonic note to the debate." Boston Globe
"an intelligent and intimate novel" -- The Millions
"thought-provoking" — Entertainment Weekly
"human love as the root of social awareness" -- The Medium
"There is originality in Kumar’s use of the autofictional mode, a form which coheres nicely with the novel’s overarching message; in particular, the issue of how migrants are forced to fictionalize about, and to, themselves. This is not to mention, of course, the grotesquerie of state authorities demanding accounts of ‘sufficient’ depredation as a prerequisite for treating migrants with basic dignity... a rich, allusive exploration of immigration and selfhood." — Totally Dublin
In Granta magazine, an essay about the notebooks I used while writing Immigrant, Montana.
Immigrant, Montana in Vanity Fair's "Summer Ultimate Fiction List."
In LitHub's Book Marks, "Five Books about Finding Love."
Poets & Writers Interview Ten Questions for Amitava Kumar
Writers and Company Interview with Eleanor Wachtel
CBC Radio Interview
WNYC Mid-Day Interview
PRH Audio Books: This is the Author Interview
WAMC Interview The Book Show
Aspen Public Radio "First Draft" interview
Somak Ghoshal interviews Amitava Kumar in Mint Lounge
Interview with Lighthouse Writers Workshop