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  • Extraordinary…dazzling… a sprawling, generous, warm-hearted epic of 1970s New York

  • Staggering…gloriously ambitious

    Independent on Sunday
  • A novel of head-snapping ambition and heart-stopping power – a novel that attests to its young author’s boundless and unflagging talents

    New York Times
  • Exciting, imaginative and perfectly paced

    Daily Telegraph
  • Dickensian, massively entertaining, as close to a great American novel as this century has produced

    Stephen King
  • You’re soon zipping through Hallberg’s vividly realised New York like a child discovering Hogwarts for the first time

    The Times
  • This book felt to me like a DVD boxset, in that each chapter was so short that I’d find myself reading just one more, just one more, and then find myself still reading an hour later. I love this book: this is definitely for me the best book we’ve done on the Book Club this year.

    Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club
  • Once I started Hallberg's addictive soap opera shuttling between uptown and downtown Manhattan, I couldn't stop ... This is The Goldfinch with a safety pin through its beak.

    James Kidd, Independent
  • A tour de force

    Daily Mail

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