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  • Exceptional debut ... a tale of complexity and tension...Waldman's prose is almost always pitch-perfect ... The characters are wholly realised and believable as individuals, but they also stand in for stories and conflicts that go beyond their own lives.

    Kamila Shamsie, Guardian, Book of the Week
  • From this coup de théâtre Waldman skilfully spins out an ever-widening cast list...This is a deeply thoughtful and moving account of the myriad ways in which, when the towers came down, the US psyche became a casualty too.

    Michael Prodger, Financial Times
  • An absorbing, accomplished intelligent, satisfying read

    Sunday Times
  • The novel is punctuated with darkly comic details ... compelling ...Elegantly written and tightly plotted... [this] novel, at once lucid, illuminating and entertaining is a necessary gift.

    Claire Messud, New York Times Book Review
  • Panoramic in scope but thrillingly light on its feet ... A gripping, deeply intelligent novel

    Marie Claire

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