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Ruff tells a surprisingly dense story that boils down to a journey of self-discovery. Andy Gage, created two years ago, is the public face of a multiple personality. There are hundreds of souls in his head, governed by his father as Andy lives in a house on a lakeshore. In the world outside, Andy works on ambitious, but unlikely, virtual reality projects. There, new programmer Penny Driver turns out to be a multiple personality, too, and the boss wants Andy to help her. Several of Penny's other souls ask for help, which Andy finally, reluctantly, agrees to give, thereby setting himself on a path that threatens the stability of his house. It seems Andy isn't as cured as he thought he was. There are still secrets in his hometown and in his mind, secrets that could destroy him. Because of the high quality of characterization in it and the unusual route the many souls of Andy Gage must take on his journey of self-discovery, this is an engaging piece of work. Regina Schroeder
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“...his matter-of-fact depiction of the relationships between different personalities is remarkable for its imaginative details.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Set This House in Order brings extraordinary warmth to the chilliest of childhoods.” (O magazine)
Matt Ruff's book Fool on the Hill has gotten lots of indie acclaim, so much so that I was reluctant to read it at first. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Benjamin N. Borden
After his first two books - quirky and sharply written, deftly straddling the imaginary fence between fantasy and literary - Ruff made an interesting decision in choosing his... Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by Guy L. Gonzalez
This book is better than 99% of the books you could read. And for a mainstream novel, it's very well written. Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by S. Robins
the basis of this book is all to familiar. Check out "When Rabbit Howls" a true life acount of a woman with several personalities if not several dozens. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2003 by Sweets O'Malley
This was the best, most original book I've read all year. No one has ever written a book like this, and I was completely engrossed.Published on Sept. 19 2003 by monique madigan
Knowing (and admiring) Matt from his last two books, I was very much looking forward to read more "simply crazily entertaining stuff". Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003 by Thomas Ehmer
I was introduced to Matt Ruff by a friend who insisted that everyone he knew read Fool On A Hill. I did, and discovered that I had read another book from the same man, called... Read morePublished on May 23 2003 by William D. Colburn
This is the first Matt Ruff book I have ever read. You can see from the five stars that I loved this book. It has a very complex and smart plot. Read morePublished on May 23 2003