Reviews

  • "'Eloquently captures the atmosphere of place and period... Schaeffer describes both the pleasures and the occasional torments of childhood with charm and humour...the warmth of characterisation is matched by the novel's rich evocation of Italian life, and the accuracy with which it captures the nuances of 1960s manners'"

    THE TIMES
  • "'Evocative, funny and wonderfully observed, reading this book is a holiday in itself'"

    GUARDIAN
  • "'Not since Huck Finn has American literature been graced with a character as irresistible as Calvin Dort Becker'"

    ANDRE DUBUS III
  • "'Poignant and hilarious...by turns, sentimental, celebratory, evocative and very funny'"

    LOS ANGELES TIMES
  • "'Beautifully written with great insight and unselfconscious humour'"

    PUBLISHERS WEEKLY