"The magic realism of Melissa Barbeau's debut novel may remind readers of Michael Crummey's 'Galore,' and she belongs in such company. Her writing is alive with wit and description." http://www.thetelegram.com/living/joan-sullivan-awash-in-the-luminous-sea-245099/ - Joan Sullivan, The Telegram
"…the type of first novel that will leave you wanting to read the author's next effort. A notable first book, and I will add it to my 2019 longlist in the 'Best First Book: Fiction' category." http://miramichireader.ca/2018/10/luminous-sea-review/ - The Miramichi Reader
"Anyone who loves the sea, or feels drawn to stories of the sea, will likely feel drawn to 'The Luminous Sea'…it is splendid in every way." https://consumedbyink.ca/2018/09/26/the-luminous-sea-by-melissa-barbeau/ - Consumed By Ink
"Melissa Barbeau is an extraordinary writer, and I can't stop talking about this book." http://picklemethis.com/2018/09/19/the-luminous-sea-by-melissa-barbeau/ - Pickle Me This
The Luminous Sea by Melissa Barbeau softly melds the quiet thrill of scientific discovery while questioning its moral integrity. A stunning debut, the Newfoundland author captures the essence of the Canadian Maritimes with a novel that is smart, thoughtful, and inventive…. - The Fiddlehead
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