• A masterwork...A superb book of unforgettable strength and glowing richness

    New York Times
  • A book of biblical intensity... With vivid insights into racial, religious and labour tensions, this is a terrifying lesson in US history – and a haunting tragedy

  • An extraordinary novel, one that burns ferociously with the great twinned fires of country and city that constitute America. Its opening pages are among the most striking I’ve read in recent years but so are its last. May this hard, beautiful story find the many new readers it deserves

    Laird Hunt
  • It is a legitimate tragedy, our most unpretentious American masterpiece

    Joyce Carol Oates
  • The depth and power and stature of this enormous book are rare indeed in modern fiction

    New York Times

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