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  • Tsushima evades any label, her fiction transcends gender to focus on the existential loneliness that is at the heart of humanity.

    Kris Kosaka, Japan Times
  • Wonderfully poetic ... extraordinary freshness ... a Virginia Woolf quality

    Margaret Drabble, BBC Radio 3
  • Spiky, atmospheric and intimate, filled with moments of strangeness that linger in the mind

    The Spectator
  • In this short, powerful novel lurk the joy and guilt of single parents everywhere

  • This exquisite and poignant novel . . . will resonate with single mothers always and everywhere

    Shami Chakrabarti
  • An extraordinary book . . . cool analytic intelligence propelled by sudden eruptions of passion

    Lisa Appignanesi
  • An astonishing and exquisite masterpiece about love, motherhood, female independence, and the restoration of a damaged family. Yuko Tsushima is an unforgettable name alongside great masters like Virginia Woolf, Alice Munro and Elizabeth Strout

    J. M. Lee, author of The Investigation

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