• "A terrific novel of echoing sadness"

    Julian Barnes
  • "It's simply a novel about a guy who goes to college and becomes a teacher. But its one of the most fascinating things that you've ever come across"

    Tom Hanks, Time
  • "One of the great unheralded 20th century American novels...Almost perfect"

    Bret Easton Ellis
  • "A beautiful, sad, utterly convincing account of an entire life… I’m amazed a novel this good escaped general attention for so long"

    Ian McEwan
  • "A beautiful and moving novel, as sweeping, intimate and mysterious as life itself"

    Geoff Dyer