Boston Globe“(James Glickman’s) fine first novel…is highly absorbing and entertaining. The tensions between (the) characters are well drawn and dramatic. I cared about the outcome of the election and the future of the characters….It was a pleasure to root for them.”

Publisher’s Weekly: “Fast-paced and engrossing.…Glickman’s first effort succeeds as a skillfully crafted tale about the ruthlessness and ingenuity of American politics.”

 Providence Journal: “Suspenseful…masterly…marvelous. This beautifully engaging work – with its deft turns of phrase and its agile narrator – resonates with a well-told tale. It has tough dialogue when necessary, pastoral description when warranted, urban sophistication when needed. Sounding the Waters creates a rip tide of excitement.”

New York Times: “…arresting. On the brink of a new political season, it’s nice to read a novel in which what happens in a campaign is less important than what happens to the people engaged in it.”

 Christian Science Monitor: “…a political novel that restores one’s sense of the human depth, the psychological pressures, and the moral questions that go with the territory….A richly rewarding novel with complex, believable characters who develop in the course of engaging in vividly and intelligently rendered experiences.”

National Public Radio: “This is the novel Primary Colors promised to be, but Glickman takes the high road, turning his back on cheap gossip and making fictional politicians seem quite real. Dramatizing the complicated process of running for office and contrasting it against the starkness of human motives and desires, he’s produced a cliffhanger of a novel, right down to the final speeches of the final debate of the closing days of the campaign.” Alan Cheuse

Booklist: “It’s hard to believe this is Glickman’s first novel; the prose is smooth and self-assured, with a consistently convincing narrative voice.”

Library Journal: “The detailed descriptions and memorable characters make this promising first novel worth adding to all collections.”

Yale Alumni Magazine: “…riveting.…a masterful study of the personal cost of running for national office…a great tale for the election year.”

Chicago Tribune: “…Glickman is excellent at creating fully rounded characters and his portrayal of the ludicrous and dehumanizing quality of politics in the media age is letter perfect. His eye for the telling detail – whether emotional or political – is as clear and unblinking as a camera.”

Los Angeles Times: “(Sounding the Waters) is taut and involving, written so cleanly it squeaks…Glickman is best at showing how the 1960’s slogan ‘The personal is political’ has been stood on its head. Today the political devours the personal.”

North Carolina Journal: “One of the few excellent novels about politics and political campaigns since Robert Penn Warren’s All The King’s Men, this novel…helps define an important part of being an American.”