"It’s to the credit of Matthew Gallaway’s enchanting, often funny first novel that it doesn’t require a corresponding degree of obsession from readers, but may leave them similarly transported: the book is so well written — there’s hardly a lazy sentence here — and filled with such memorable lead and supporting players that it quickly absorbs you into its worlds." (The New York Times)

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"Author Matthew Gallaway has taken a great risk with his first novel by creating an intricate, multilayered tale that slides from past to present, from Europe to New York, from opera to pop. But despite the complexity, "The Metropolis Case" engages the reader emotionally on every page." (
The Washington Post)

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Listen to Matthew's interview with Margaret Juntwait. (Metropolitan Opera Sirius Radio).

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"Like the opera, this is a large story. Mr. Gallaway writes epically, with multiple points of view, multiple stories. Historical and profound, he handles everything beautifully. He is a rich storyteller, and an evocative writer; the complexity of his characters, the rich scenes and the lyrical prose all make it hard to believe that this is his first novel." (
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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"A former blogger (under the pseudonym Gay Recluse), Gallaway excels at the long form, producing a dense, well-structured puzzle. Like the opera that ultimately binds his characters together, CASE lingers beyond the final note." (Out Magazine)

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"Matthew Gallaway's epic debut novel, intimately intertwined with Wagner's "Tristan and isolde," is itself an operatic masterpiece." (AM New York)

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"...Gallaway is a perceptive and graceful author in his own right whose moving story will appeal to Wagnerian experts and neophytes alike." (Los Angeles Times)

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"...with the publishing of his debut novel The Metropolis Case, Gallaway is quickly jumping to the top of must read authors and review-acclaimed novelists." (
The Manhattan Times)
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"Gallaway also steeps the reader in long-ago Vienna while seamlessly moving to the New York City of various generations, the grime of three decades dissolving into the gentrified post-9/11 world, where there’s still room for tragedy and confusion." (Macleans Canada)

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"For this is a tale that screams for operatic patience while offering a friendly hand so that even those of us not acclimated to this art form can comfortably join in the experience. And as the last chapter closes we recognize that this novel deserves nothing less than a standing ovation for a virtuoso performance." (
Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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"THE METROPOLIS CASE is a huge novel with a stunning story that will not fail to spellbind its readers. It is impossible to convey the beauty of Matthew Gallaway’s words and how they work together to evoke your innermost passions and clench your heart. Prepare for goose bumps of the very best kind." (
bookreporter.com)

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"In his extraordinary debut, Gallaway immerses the reader in the esoteric world of Richard Wagner’s romantic opera Tristan and Isolde, framing it around the intemperate passions of four characters...The passage of time is potent in this story, the ghost of Richard Wagner - the messenger and the creator - ever-present, his timeless, sublime music an integral part of Gallaway's passionate, epic tale." (
Curledup.com)

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"Required Reading" (
New York Post)

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"I know next to nothing about opera and I loved this book. Let me go further: I actually (don't tell anyone) find opera a bit dull, but now consider me a big buff -- if no other reason than it gave us this powerful, beautiful, wondrous novel."
--Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and Half a Life

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"Matthew Gallaway possesses a massive vision and a wizard-like ability to weave story lines. The Metropolis Case is an ambitious and beautiful book sure to find a devoted following."
--Shane Jones, author of Light Boxes

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"The Metropolis Case is a terrifically engaging and elegantly panoramic novel that is sure to appeal to fans of majestic fiction such as Kostova's The Historian."
--Katharine Weber, author of True Confections and Triangle

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"Matthew Gallaway deftly weaves a lyrical epic across three centuries and two continents, exploring sex, death, music, love, the meaning of life, filial piety, and the care and feeding of stray cats in a unique and long-overdue voice."
--Eric Patton, author of Sore Afraid

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"The Metropolis Case takes us on an opulent journey of Wagnerian dimensions."
-- Gerald Elias, author of Devil's Trill

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"Matthew Gallaway's fascinating and erudite debut novel is a portrait of the passion of several singers across the ages for a single opera, and turns into its own kind of novelistic chorus. Like Tristan und Isolde, the opera at its center, it is complete with wrong love, sacrifice and even a potion. An original new talent has arrived."
--Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night

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"Gallaway, a former musician, gives music a literary presence, intertwining opera and punk by illuminating their shared passion and chaos." (Publishers Weekly)

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"A pleasingly intricate puzzle." (Kirkus Reviews)

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"This charming and inventive novel works as a romantic mystery story..." (Library Journal Review)

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The Happiest Against All Odds Book Deal for a Commenter (Gawker)

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Post-War Literature, Paris, Washington Heights and a Cat (Manhattan Times)