She sensed a scream beneath the silence,

Review: The Beautiful Bureaucrat, by Helen Phillips

Dear Helen,

It is difficult to pin down your novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat (2015): a dystopia that reads like a thriller with brief incursions into horror, literary modernism and satire? It’s hard to say. But, by trying too much, and rushing to the tidy end, it might have fallen short of being great in any of these categories.


Helen Phillips

Helen Phillips (1983) is an American writer. She graduated from Yale and has a MFA from the Brooklyn College, where she works as assistant professor. Books And Yet They Were Happy (short-stories, 2011) Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green (children book, 2012, published internationally as Upside Down in the Jungle) The Beautiful Bureaucrat (novel, 2015) Some Possible Solutions (short-stories, 2016)…