• "MacDonald skillfully shifts the story backward and forward in time, giving it a mythic quality that allows dark, half-buried secrets to be gracefully and chillingly revealed"

    New York Times
  • "A whopper of a first novel... No fragmentation or contrived narrative devices confuse this hefty and engrossing tale"

  • "Stunning....The story is riveting, the characters achingly human, and the writing will take your breath away....[MacDonald] has leapt into the first rank of fiction writers"

    Toronto Star