Portland writer Katherine Dunn's posthumously published novel "Toad" is receiving rave reviews. Released six years after her death, it is narrated by Sally Gunnar, an aging loner who looks back on her younger years hanging out with students at a private college very much like Reed, which Dunn attended for a few years in the early 1960s. It was released more than three decades after Dunn's highly acclaimed 1989 novel, "Geek Love."

"'Toad' is a subdued, haunting novel. It is exhilarating, often disturbing, and as compelling in its way as Dunn's best-known work," the Washington Post said on Nov. 22. Praise has also come from the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books and the Chicago Review of Books, among others. The release has also led to lengthy profiles of Dunn in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Oregonian, and Portland Monthly.