Macdonald is excellent at conversation - the phonecalls between Mary Rose and her mother are superb in their accuracy
Big, troubling and brave.
Ann-Marie MacDonald captures the dark hilarity of parenthood like nobody else. I gulped down Adult Onset in a single day.
Beautifully rendered... frank and acidly funny... It's a large-hearted, resonant novel, filled with an interiority that opens out - a generous work.
A lively, moving, and often funny story that has the potential to help usher in a new era of honest literary depictions of families in all their permutations.
...explores the question of parental abuse and its origins with uncommon courage.
MacDonald is a stunningly good writer . . . The Way the Crow Flies . . . secures for MacDonald a place, forever, in Canadian literature.
Remarkable...an engrossing, disturbing and layered tale.
One of the finest novels I've read in a long, long time.
Sensitive and unmistakeably heartfelt
. . . an intricate, gripping novel that is also a master class in turning the personal into the universal through art.
. . . a novel impossible to put down once begun. . . . the novel is superb, a fine blending of fact and fiction, of remembered incident and forgotten history, a wonderfully written treatise on the power of the past to impinge on the present.
She has again delivered a masterpiece.
A complex, troubling novel that cuts with surgical precision into the sinew and muscle of family life.
[MacDonald's] prose...is always right and true, clean and penetrating.
Ms. MacDonald strikes just the right tone as she exposes the brutal undercurrents of domestic life.
Suspense builds; surely, horror awaits. . . . Macdonald's book remains spellbinding throughout. It is impossible to forget.
Many of us will see ourselves in the profound discomfort MacDonald has conjured... the book is an absolute triumph of terrifying authenticity.