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  • Such an accomplished work of fiction... a thoughtful and compelling examination of the mechanics of family and marriage... Knowing and knowledgeable, yet also inventive and original, American Wife is a thrilling combination of history and surprises

  • Superbly well-written - one of the most absorbing books of the year

    Evening Standard
  • Thoroughly enjoyable. The plot is beautifully paced, the writing quick, clear, absorbing... A sweeping saga

    The Times
  • A powerful, utterly compelling and strangely moving fictional account of a First Lady who bears more than a passing resemblance to Laura Bush

    Daily Mirror
  • My favourite book of the year

    Kate Atkinson
  • A quietly riveting parable... thought-provoking, entertaining and full of subtle reflections on class and marriage

    Daily Mail
  • American Wife is easily one of the best books written so far this century. It is honest, wonderful and smart as hell, the kind of book that you try to eke out to make it last as long as possible

  • This is one of the finest American novels of 2008

    New Statesman
  • The scope and detail of American Wife are reminiscent of Richard Russo. Like Russo, she creates characters from the ground up, ancestry, neighborhood, culture and all... Her characters are carefully rendered and the story is well-constructed

    Los Angeles Times
  • Vastly entertaining... It is an intelligent, well-crafted, psychologically astute novel

    New York Sun

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