Book cover for Saint X



26 May 2022
352 pages
Imprint: Picador


A remarkable debut . . . A richly polyphonic, prismatic novel . . . Issues are raised — tourism, racial bias, reality TV, sisterhood, excessive grief — but Schaitkin’s central preoccupation is with how we misperceive and misremember those around us.
Saint X is hypnotic . . . Schaitkin's characters . . . are so intelligent and distinctive it feels not just easy, but necessary, to follow them. I devoured Saint X in a day.
Saint X imagines a chorus of voices in the aftermath of the alleged rape/murder of a privileged American girl vacationing in an exotic Caribbean country . . . irresistibly suspenseful and canny.
A kaleidoscopic examination of race and privilege, family and self, told with the propulsive, kinetic focus of a crime thriller . . . I simply couldn’t stop reading.