"This is an expansive book tangling big ideas on class and race, marriage and politics. MacKenzie has found a narrator who can voice many of the uncomfortable issues of our time: one cannot help but read on. There is also a delight in words that is wonderful to read, a delicious speed to the prose. Feast Days is not a thriller, but reads a little like one, moving swiftly from one kind of experience to the next with brutal, dazzling effect."
– The Guardian
"There is a tension that anything could happen, that snap decisions have life-altering repercussions. Feast Days is a sophisticated and astute story of expatriate life told from a truly convincing, captivating female voice."
– The Irish Times
“Brilliant . . . a pervasive sense of unrest, both large and small scale, social and personal, [is] conveyed in MacKenzie’s unruffled, discerning prose. With it, MacKenzie has captured one of the most memorable narrative voices in recent fiction.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)
"Feast Days is a wry, arresting, clear-eyed, unsentimental, utterly fresh take on the most urgent narrative questions there are. Class, money, politics, race, globalization, marriage, gender, reproduction, culture: Ian MacKenzie engages it all with such keen intelligence and wit your eyes feel new. Magnificent, deep, profound, and true."
– Elisa Albert, author of After Birth
"Feast Days is so much more than a novel. It's an all-consuming meditation on the modern condition, the search for rootedness in the ever-shifting worlds of our own creation, told by a writer so gifted with language that you forget who you are in the poetry of his prose."
– Uzodinma Iweala, author of Beasts of No Nation
"Intelligent and atmospheric, Feast Days deftly limns the inner life of a foreigner whose own trajectory becomes increasingly bound up with the tensions and complexities of the society in which she has landed."
– Chloe Aridjis, author of Book of Clouds
"Poignant and perceptive . . . a satisfyingly complex look at the challenges of life abroad."