Ron Carlson in the Washington Post selected Anthony Marra’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena as one of the ten best books of 2013. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena was also chosen as: an NPR staff pick best book of 2013; as one of the year’s five best books by New York magazine; as one of the best international novels of the year by the Globe and Mail (Canada); as one of the best novels of the year by the Christian Science Monitor; and as one of the best books to read this year by Salon.com.