“Very odd in the loveliest way” – Initial Reviews of The Oddfits

It seems like only yesterday when my agent told me that Amazon Crossing wanted to publish The Oddfits. (Stay tuned for a post on how I felt/feel about being published by Amazon.) Since then, time has passed at once terribly slowly and incredibly swiftly.

And now, wonder of wonders, The Oddfits has been born. Or at least, its head is out. Shoulders and the rest of the body are soon to follow. (Yes, that was a reference to giving birth. Yes, feel free to erase it from your memory because, having been through the process myself recently, it was not very fun. Worthwhile, but not fun.)

I received a box of authors’ copies the other day:

Oddfits Authors Copies

And though The Oddfits’ official release date is February 1, a pre-release Kindle edition is now available on Amazon through their Kindle First program…with the result that people have already started reviewing it. This made me nervous. But then, as the overwhelming majority of the reviews turned out to be very favorable, I began to grin madly whenever I thought about it.

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What’s made me happiest about the reviews so far is that people seem to be thoroughly puzzled by the book, yet really like it.

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I was obviously overjoyed that some people absolutely loved the book, not to mention touched that they took the time to say so. (Apologies for the small font. This blog’s template is inflexible.):

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I was tickled that a good friend of mine from Wellesley undergrad days wrote a really positive review and didn’t tell me she did so. (Though I guess I could be wrong and it could be another Jo besides the Jo behind The Concrete Gardener.)

If one writes a novel that brings enjoyment to one’s friends – those whom presumably one admires and loves – then what greater happiness is there?

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And of course, there were the small handful who hated the book. But I got the sense, from reading their reviews, that it was fated not to be. I don’t think I’m the author for them. But it’s okay. I don’t mind.

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But why not end on a high note? This one is one of my favorite reviews so far:

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“…a breath of strange fresh air.” Thank you, Muffin Butt. From the bottom of my heart.


And now for the annoying, fiddly “how to buy the book” bit:

If you’re based in the US, you can pre-order a Kindle or paperback edition of The Oddfits from Amazon’s website.

If you’re based in Australia or the UK, the book is available on Amazon’s Australian and UK websites for pre-order. (You can also join the Kindle First program and get a pre-release Kindle edition for $1.99. You don’t have to pay anything, but you’ll start receiving a monthly newsletter from Amazon.)

And for those who want a paper copy but don’t live in the US and would like free shipping, The Oddfits is available for pre-order on Book Depository, which ships free to a lot of places in the world, including Singapore, Australia, and Indonesia.





  1. Hi, your biggest fan here. Congrabulations!

    1. If I weren’t married to you, I’d change the locks.

      1. Too late! I already congrabbed you!

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    Congratulations Tiffany! I am pre-ordering it now and so very excited to read it 🙂

  3. Just finished your book and want to echo all the positive comments. Arrived here from a search to see if you had written more. I must say I don’t understand how either of the negative commenters arrived at their conclusions (could be they are Stucks?). Your book is engaging, entertaining, and above all, very well written. I look forward to your next, whether in this genre or another.

    1. So thrilled you liked it! Thanks for taking the time to let me know. It’s very heartening.

  4. Loved it and dying for more!! So fresh and creative! Thanks for writing this!

    1. Thank you so much!

  5. I’m so happy to have found your work through Amazon’s Kindle First. My first reaction when I finished the book was to look for the next one – it is a world I didn’t want to leave. Well done!

    1. Hooray. I’m so glad!

  6. Hello Ms Tsao, I sought out your site to tell you this: I just read The Oddfits, and I absolutely loved it! I am singing its praises to all my friends. I hope you enjoy great success!

    1. Thanks so much, Tom!!!

  7. I found out about your book through Amazon’s Kindle First program. Even though I love to read, I almost never read something I haven’t heard about from a friend, and I read very few novels. Something though grabbed me, and I purchased your book (probably the first time I’ve really done this with Amazon’s promos). The synopsis and your bio were just too intriguing. I was born and raised in San Diego, but my (also American) husband was raised in Indonesia and Singapore. We currently live in Thailand with our two sons.

    I LOVED your book. I brought back so many happy memories of visiting my husband’s family in Singapore, and living as an expat abroad now made me feel for Murtatroyd and his oddfittedness. The only problem is that I have to wait to find out what happens next!!! =)

    So, when will the next installment be out?

    1. Haha. Yes, people have told me that there’s a definite “Third Culture Kid” feel to the book. Like you, I’ve lived in a lot of different places too. The next one should be out next year in February. I’m writing it now. The pressure is on! 🙂

  8. […] out other early reviews on amazon, or if you want a summary of the good and the bad, check out her blog). Be warned, it is indeed a very Odd book (haha… OK, I’m not the first to say […]

  9. I thought the book was fantastic! I just finished listening to the audio version (great narrator, by the way!) and wanted to pump my fists in the air. The characters are fantastically drawn and Murgatroyd is one of my favorite characters I’ve read in a long time. Also. HOLY SMOKES THAT DOES NOT FEEL LiKE A FIRST NOVEL. Fantastic. Just fantastic.

    1. Hi Rachel,

      I’m so glad you liked it reading The Oddfits. And I love that you listened to the audiobook version and came away with all the feelings I wanted readers to come away with! I *heart* audiobooks myself and even got a say in picking the narrator for the audiobook version of The Oddfits. So I’m really happy that you enjoyed it!!

  10. I’m waiting for the next one too! I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what I loved about your book but it kept drawing me back and I’m even thinking about it three days after finishing it. Something magical for sure! Amazon already has a barebones listing for it so I’ve put it in my wishlist.

    1. Wow! Thanks, Jodi, for loving the first and for wishlisting the second! I’m enjoying writing the second one, so I hope that bodes well!

  11. I’m now a fan! Thanks for such a different, interesting read! I will definitely recommend it to many of my friends and my students. Good luck on the second one, I’m excited to read it!

    1. Hi Kerri. Thank you so much for this. I’m immensely heartened!

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