[I’m Trying to Reach You is] a provocative novel… that blurs the boundaries between life and performance, dance, art, and viral video. The novel is also framed in the world of performance art and is itself its own kind of performance — an experiment in form that is entertaining and clever.
The often silly murder-conspiracy plot really isn’t what makes this book special. What Browning does with the form is genuinely creative and feels rightly reflective of a moment when dance is pushing the boundaries of what constitutes a performance space. Now that more and more mainstream museums are presenting choreographers… why shouldn’t a book be a home for dance too?
After all, Gray’s YouTube habit may reveal his loneliness, but Browning’s book also makes clear what a treasure trove the Internet is for fans of dance, who can view performances once thought lost forever with the click of a mouse. I’m Trying to Reach You is a fun and dishy read for those fans — and also a daring and deep exploration of performance and the way it collides with, and is enriched by, the Web."
— Julie Bloom gives a fantastic review of Barbara Browning’s new novel, I’m Trying to Reach You, and truly nails what makes this unique book special, in The Slate Book Review.