Karl’s essay “Plastic People” has been published in Frieze magazine.

The French edition of The Expeditions has been released by Albin Michel.

The Expeditions has been named one of the ten best fiction books of 2008 by The Seattle Times.

The Expeditions has been named a Michigan Notable Book for 2009.

An interview with Karl has been posted on

An interview with Karl and visual artist Brian Knep has been posted on the Massachusetts Cultural Council website.

The Italian rights to The Expeditions have been acquired by Baldini and Castoldi.

The French rights to The Expeditions and On the Nature... have been acquired by Albin Michel.

Karl's writing and research has been profiled on PBS's NOVA ScienceNow.

The feature film version of On the Nature... is in development with Warner Brothers Pictures, with Plan B Entertainment and Heydey Films producing.


Reviews of The Expeditions

“A stunning first novel.... Iagnemma's powerful prose is a perfect instrument for describing the frontier terrain of 1844, from the vibrant city of Detroit to the rugged shore of Lake Superior.... The Expeditions is a dazzling first novel--one that this reviewer hopes will be followed by many more.”

—World Literature Today


“Flat-out wonderful.... With its rich characterizations, its lively action, its supple thought and its fine, rhythmic prose, this book is a pleasure from cover to cover.”

—The Seattle Times


“Emotionally powerful and beautifully wrought.”

—The Los Angeles Times


“A stunning debut novel ... The narrative is heartfelt, well-researched, and deftly written, presenting the travails of frontier life in a manner that is both intelligent and urbane, yet also raw and unflinching.”

—Library Journal, starred review


“Spellbinding ... Iagnemma’s debut novel is provocative, elegaic and highly recommended.”



“A mature novel that fulfills (Iagnemma's) astounding promise.”

—The Miami Herald


“Exhilirating ... delivers from the first page.”

—The San Francisco Chronicle


“A haunting coming-of-age tale set in an emerging nation groping for identity …. The plot is marvelously structured, and the secondaries add real color. Beautifully written and outstandingly researched, Iagnemma's first novel is a keeper.”

—Publisher's Weekly


“Iagnemma's robust command of language creates an equilibrium between the two narratives, marrying the poetry of science with the promise of salvation.”

—Kirkus Reviews


“An extraordinary first novel ... The Expeditions is unforgettable reading. Altogether a stunning work, one of the best novels I have read in years.”

—Historical Novel Review


The Expeditions is a well conceived and executed novel, complex yet enticing. The language is captivating and the descriptions are vivid... Read this book.”

—Galveston County Daily News


“In these engaging Expeditions, Iagnemma brilliantly contrasts father and son, religion and science, exploration and exploitation. His energetic and thoughtful novel captures a culture, and a loving family, at a crucial moment of change.”

—Andrea Barrett, National Book Award-Winning author of Ship Fever



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