• Exquisite...these stories sparkle with the fire of real diamonds.

    The Times
  • Contemporary Indian fiction writers are among the finest in the world, and Desai at her best, as she is throughout this collection, has deservedly won her place alongside them.

    Irish Times
  • Unsentimental, dazzling, funny and achingly sad.

    Literary Review
  • All her stories are full of a confidence in human nature that is a rarity and a pleasure to encounter.

    The Spectator
  • Anita Desai is one of the most brilliant and subtle writers ever to have described the meeting of eastern and western culture.

    Alison Lurie

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