• "A major attempt to tackle serious themes... extraordinarily rich in incident and detail."

    Sebastian Faulks
  • "Anita Desai's most subtle and mature work to date... She retains an unforced and powerful ease in conveying the colour and sounds and sensations of Indian life."

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "A wry, gently humorous novel, full of wisdom and restraint... The author chronicles India lovingly but it would be a mistake to think of her simply as an Indian writer, for her themes are universal"

    Financial Times