• "A meditative tale of unrequited love... De Kretser's writing is by turns poetic, metaphorical and delicately elliptical, capable of evoking a mood or change in direction in the subtlest of ways"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "Beautifully written, full of wit, pathos and evocative images... There is a great deal to enjoy in this book. It opens magnificently... her final pages are a triumph"

  • "Kretser's native style is clear, vigorous, sensitive to mood and cadence, and strongly narrative"

  • "De Kretser is an elegant and accomplished storyteller"

    Daily Telegraph