• An intelligent, highly entertaining novel laced with acute perceptions about the nature of day-to-day family life

    Anne Tyler, New York Times Book Review
  • The characters are quirky and vividly drawn ... The writing is lovely, and shows humour and quiet insight ... Quindlen is an intellignet and imaginative writer

    Boston Globe
  • Elaborate and playful... Honest and deeply felt... Here is the Quindlen wit, the sharp eye for details of class and manners ... the ardent reading of domestic lives.

    New York Times
  • Anna Quindlen's first novel is about an experience that is the same for everyone and different for us all: the time when we suddenly see our family with an outsider's eye and begin the separation that marks our growing up.

    Washington Post
  • Quindlen is at her best writing about the dislocations of growing up, the blows a child does not see coming


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