• 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

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