Reviews and Buzz

SBPThe Cage-maker made the 2018 long list for The Southern Book Prize!


The Cage-maker named one of the “Great Southern reads for fall” in The Augusta Chronicle on October 28, 2017.


The Charleston Post & Courier featured an interview with Nicole about The Cage-maker on October 8, 2017.


The Cage-maker is on the 2017 Fall/Winter book list by Deep South Magazine!


The Cage-maker is a Pulpwood Queens Book Club bonus pick for January 2018!


An interview with Nicole about the writing of The Cage-maker was featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Shrimp, Collards & Grits Magazine.


“The Cage-maker is an engrossing Southern Gothic novel infused with rich historical details.”
~ The Augusta Chronicle


“Seitz spun an exotic yarn through decades of Crescent City history — a history punctuated by thwarted love, mysterious deaths, probable murders, suspected curses and a dash of voodoo. In Seitz’s The Cage-Maker, it’s not just the songbirds who live in gilded cages… The Cage-Maker proves compulsively readable…New Orleans isn’t her usual setting, but she does a workmanlike job of bringing it alive. Most of her characters, recent immigrants from France or Cuba, speak in a just-slightly-stilted syntax, as if English were not their original language. It’s not off-putting, and it works…The Cage-Maker makes points about the love of money being the root of all evil, and the sins of the parents being visited on the children, even unto the third and fourth generations. Beyond that, however, lies a promise of redemption through love.”
~ Wilmington Star News, Sept. 9, 2017 Read full review.


“In her seventh novel, The Cage Maker, Nicole Seitz has crafted one of the most original and fascinating stories I’ve read in ages. With elaborate settings, mysterious characters, impressive illustrations, and tons of suspense, Seitz has delivered a captivating timeslip novel that escapes the confines of genre and enters that sacred space of darn-good storytelling.”
~ Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novelist of The Feathered Bone

“Moving fluidly between both literary forms and time periods, and in prose as gauzy and beautiful as its illustrations, Nicole Seitz’s The Cage-maker is, like the birdcage at the novel’s heart, something both timeless and completely new. This gorgeous and deeply moving novel is part tomorrow’s blog post, part Balzac, reborn in the deep South.”
~Mark Powell, author of Small Treasons and The Sheltering

“Nicole Seitz’s The Cage-Maker, takes us on an always riveting journey through the lives of a family a century ago. Using their letters we begin to understand the complications of both their lives and their times. She has given us a wonderful story, the gift of a worthy tale for sure.”
~ Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South and The Orphan Mother

“Gifted with wisdom and driven with the eye of an artist that sees what others miss, Seitz has gifted story addicts everywhere with The Cage-Maker. You’ll have no idea where this multi-layered tale is going but you will not want to miss a word as Seitz takes you through a story that seems pure entertainment from the first page to the last. Until it’s over, and it occurs to you that this author said something powerful about your history, your family, and your people and the story lingers. Well done, Nicole Seitz.”
~ Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, author of Heart Wide Open and Hungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce Cookbook

“What a wonderful story. Within pages of its opening, I had the sensation of being drawn deep down the rabbit hole, and from there the mystery unfurled one journal entry, clipping, and letter at a time. Questions of curses, passion and insanity haunt the different epistolary voices, and the titular character holds up against any of Poe’s narrators I’ve read. And as a bonus, the illustrations by the author elevate this novel from an enthralling book to a stunning one. A diamond on my keeper-shelf.”
~ Brandy Heineman, author of Whispers in the Branches