“You can’t pick and choose when it comes to letting other people under your skin. I probably wouldn’t be able to write if I thought a lot about the ultimate reader’s reactions.”
“I think most writers are introverts and it's a challenge to be open and collaborative, to ask for support when you need it, and to invite people in to what is typically a pretty private creative space.”
Praise For All That's Bright and Gone
"Through the honest, winning, and convincing Aoife, Nellums provides ample evidence that the most important mysteries are those that lie closest to home."
—Publishers Weekly starred review
"A luminous debut. Eliza Nellums' six-year-old Aoife (pronounced "EE-fah", if you please) will knock you cock-a-hoop. A hero's journey, with possible angels, ghosts, and Teddies. It will change forever the way you look at the little girl next door."
—Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce mysteries
"A gripping and affecting debut that will leave you laughing. Prepare to fall in love with this beautiful mystery and six-year old Aoife. Eliza Nellums is one to watch."
—Rhiannon Navin, International bestselling author of Only Child
"All That's Bright and Gone is all that a coming-of-age story should be. Endearing, funny, and poignant, you'll be charmed by six-year-old narrator Aoife and be rooting for her as she tries to come to terms with the complexities of life by solving the mystery of death."
—Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark
“Eliza Nellums has crafted a mesmerizing debut novel. Pulled into the world of Aoife, a six-year-old girl searching for the truth about her brother, we experience her grief and hope as our own as the mystery twists and turns to an unexpected ending. A thoroughly engaging read!"
—Wendy Walker, bestselling author of The Night Before
"A dreamlike, enthralling whodunit for fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, filtered through the imaginative mind of a precocious six-year-old girl. An impressive debut.”
—A. J. Banner, USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author of The Good Neighbor
“Triumphant . . . A gorgeously intimate work of art. Nellums has a grip like Virgil, and you won't want to let go.”
—Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife