"Who doesn’t like a good origin story? This delightful novel has a dozen of them, each sparking deftly off the next. A work of wit and heart, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is for anyone who craves a smart family saga. Especially one with superheroes. I loved it completely."
—Karen Joy Fowler, Booker Prize finalist and author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
"Proehl creates worlds within worlds within worlds, all of them full of surprise and wonder. One of the best novels I have read in a while."
—Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
"For all its acrobatic wit and outsize charm, at its heart this is the love story of two everyday heroes—a mother and a son—who, like their author, possess the superpower of storytelling. A Kavalier & Clay for the Comic-Con age, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is a bighearted, inventive, exuberant debut."
—Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints
“A tribute to the pleasures of fandom — as well as to the special connection between a mother and her only child…Equal parts great American road-trip narrative and coming-of-age novel, this brilliant story from a debut novelist is a treat for the diehard nerds and fans among us.”
“With enthralling characters and tons of heart, this read (much like a good con) has something for everyone.”
“A perfect summer read for the Comic-Con crowd . . . Anybody up on superheroes and X-Files will have a lot to love here.” –USA Today
“A truly beautiful read. Proehl effortlessly weaves an engaging story with very likable characters… It’s a relatable, heart-wrenching and poetic narrative for any comic book fan.”
– Tumblr, The Comics Blog
“Proehl has done an excellent job of integrating all of the story lines and creating memorable characters to populate them…The story is deeply satisfying and will delight both comics fans and general readers.”
–Booklist (Starred Review)
“Keen and insightful…a genuine and often moving tale of a mother and her son.”
From the Hardcover edition.