• A fine companion piece to his acclaimed novel, Brooklyn . . . Mixing irony and nostalgia in its portrayal of a provincial Irish town. Subtle and enthralling

    Sunday Times, Books of the Year
  • Tóibín's measured prose and close attention to emotional nuance is shown at its best here

    Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year
  • This is his best yet. The ache of a widow's grief is rendered with such an unadorned intensity that you might not think the book could be entertaining too, but it is

    Spectator, Books of the Year
  • A clear-sighted yet sympathetic portrait of a woman destabilised by grief

    Financial Times, Books of the Year
  • So rich, so observant, so moving

    Observer, Books of the Year
  • Tender, delicately oblique in its narration, and exquisitely well-written

    The Times
  • A luminous, elliptical novel in which everyday life manages, in moments, to approach the mystical . . . There is much about Nora Webster that we never know. And her very mystery is what makes her regeneration, when it comes, feel universal

    Jennifer Egan, New York Times
  • Beautiful and heartbreaking. It's so richly detailed and laced with such dialogue that you feel like you are living in Nora's world

  • Arresting. As this novel movingly proposes, there are no ordinary women and no ordinary lives

    Irish Indendent
  • The story is so expertly crafted that it achieves a luminous intensity, which lingers long in the memory

    Mail on Sunday

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