• "A deeply serious, enjoyably lucid book about real terrors and joys, full of sensual and surprising details"

    Scotland on Sunday
  • "Nair conveys her protagonist's dilemmas with a freshness and charm... Her writing [has] a sharpness and immediacy that lifts it above the commonplace"

    The Times
  • "Modern India's vivid, sticky beauty is evoked beautifully... Nair's compassion for her characters shines through every carefully chosen word"

    Sunday Tribune
  • "Anita Nair demonstrates convincingly that she is a writer committed to highlighting the travails and contradictions of women's lives. Her strength lies in bringing alive everyday thoughts, desires and doubts of these six ordinary women"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "Nair is a powerful writer... She has created what must be one of the most important feminist novels to come out of South Asia"

    Daily Telegraph