• William Maxwell's tales, long and short, have the elusive ability to reveal us to ourselves

    Erica Wagner, The Times
  • However different their settings the sensibility remains constant. It is decorous, highly civilised and deeply thoughtful

    Anthony Quinn, Observer
  • All of them share the effect of a brilliant view - as though a window were opened on a contained and vivid scene...There is a rare clarity and economy here - along with that wise measured humanity

    Penelope Lively, Spectator
  • The stories are formidable...we know we are in the presence of a master craftsman

    Sydney Morning Herald
  • Maxwell's triumph is to bring brightness and a seething, submerged emotion to an America long dead... he offers us scrupulously executed, moving landscapes of American's twentieth century, and they do not fade

    Claire Messud, Times Literary Supplement

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