• "One of the great books of our age. It is the subtlest of miniatures that contains our deepest sorrows and truths and love - all caught in a clear, simple style in perfect brushstrokes"

    Michael Ondjaate
  • "A truly extraordinary novel... Maxwell has tapped a vein of strange, pure emotion"

    Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday
  • "So magically deft at being profound...possesses that daunting quality impossible to emulate: it makes greatness seem simple"

    Richard Ford
  • "Maxwell does something all great novelists do: he conjures depths of pain and regret in words of radiant simplicity"

    Anthony Quinn, Observer
  • "This calm, reflective and extraordinarily beautiful novel offers American fiction at its finest"

    Irish Times