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