The Testing of Luther Albright

Mackenzie Bezos

A highly suspenseful novel about an ordinary man responding to the cracks appearing in the facade of his family life.

A civil engineer and devoted father, Luther Albright is alarmed when he sees cracks developing in the facade of his family. His teenage son’s behaviour is becoming increasingly bizarre and threatening; meanwhile, a dam Luther built comes under investigation for structural flaws following an earthquake. Nightmarish meanings begin to shout at Luther from the most innocent of places as debut novelist Mackenzie Bezos tightens her net of suspense around the reader with bravura skill.

In the spirit of Rosellen Brown and Alice McDermott, this is a harrowing portrait of an ordinary man who finds himself being tested and strives not to be found wanting.

Reviews of The Testing of Luther Albright

    • “MacKenzie Bezos has produced a rarity: a sophisticated novel that breaks and swells the heart…Its pull is irresistible.” Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
    • “An impressive, quietly powerful debut… Bezos captures the extraordinary in the ordinary, revealing a subtle imagination and a startling talent for naturalism.” Publishers Weekly (US)
    • “A nuanced, emotionally charged first novel.” Booklist (US)