• "Weir’s sympathetic and detailed biography reassesses the life of a woman whose role in public life…has been underrated by historians"

    New Statesman
  • "The finest historical novel ever written by an American"

    Washington Post
  • "It would be easy to over-praise this novel; but there does not seem any adequate reason why this temptation should be resisted"

  • "A novel of extraordinary range, yet of extraordinary minuteness, that manages never to sacrifice one quality for the other"

    Financial Times
  • "Williams has fashioned an always engaging, psychologically convincing work of fiction - a consistent and well-realized portrait"

    New Yorker