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A Matter of Life and Death or Something

August 2012

"...It's a heartbreaking, heartwarming, beautiful, funny, and imaginative offering. This book! I thought last night when I finished. This gorgeous gem of a book! Why isn't Ben Stephenson on everyone's list?"

Bella's Bookshelf, Aug 2, 2012
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A Matter of Life and Death or Something

June 2012

"…In a whimsical move, the chapters narrated by Phil and Arthur are intersected by brief observations by the trees in the forest, which bear witness to each character’s actions: 'In the wind we whisper secrets -- it is true. We speak it all softly and simply, as human mothers send promises through the tiny ears of their little ones.' Stephenson admits to a romantic view of nature that provides artistic inspiration..."

Chronicle Herald, Jun 17, 2012
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A Matter of Life and Death or Something

April 2012

"A Matter of Life and Death is subtle, imaginative, and touching."

Georgia Straight, Apr 25, 2012
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A Matter of Life and Death or Something

April 2012

"With a small cast of characters, a notebook, a scattering of illustrations...and a startling ability to get into the head of a 10-year-old and a distressed young adult, Ben Stephenson has created a novel that covers the vast range of human emotion. Everything works together seamlessly to show that as Arthur tries to find out about Phil, he also finds about himself."

Vancouver Sun, Apr 20, 2012
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A Matter of Life and Death or Something

April 2012

"...Through these three distinct, yet brilliantly overlapping voices, Stephenson weaves an interesting tale...Stephenson's novel is ambitious and it asks more questions than it attempts to answer, a fact that will no doubt frustrate some readers, but in this respect he's successfully replicated what it feel like to be alive..."

Opinionless Blog, Apr 12, 2012
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A Matter of Life and Death or Something

April 2012

"Ben Stephenson's debut novel is intimate, overwhelming and personal."

The Coast, Apr 4, 2012
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A Matter of Life and Death or Something

March 2012

"Boy Wonder. Possibly the most notable novel to be released by a New Brunswick author this year...At just 24 years old, with little formal practice, Stephenson has achieved every writers' dream."

Telegraph Journal, Mar 15, 2012
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A Matter of Life and Death or Something

March 2012

"The novel features a swirling narrative that moves between three distinct yet oddly similar perspectives...[a] captivating story."

Quill & Quire, Mar 1, 2012
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A Matter of Life and Death or Something

January 2012

"Ben Stephenson takes us down the rabbit hole into the refracted and hilarious world of a child on a very serious quest. A Matter of Life and Death or Something will leave you less grown up — and all the wiser for it. Curiouser and curiouser. A marvel of a book."

Jessica Grant, author, Come Thou, Tortoise, Jan 3, 2012
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