Touching and timeless, the story is expertly and evocatively rendered, in prose both beautiful and sparse enough to cut clearly to the question at the novel's heart: how one copes with loss that isn't-or doesn't have to be-permanent.
It is impossible to look away from it
A life-affirming work
A love story and a life story, this rich and well-translated domestic drama acknowledges that some bonds are truly immutable in the face of, or perhaps because of, tragedy and that our memories and the stories we make of them, though they may change, are as real as anything.
Wells' style is less antic than that of his admired elder John Irving, but . . . the resemblances are strong . . . A tender, affecting novel
Original and captivating . . . its quiet charm in straightforward prose belies its sharp insight into the human condition
This novel has been rightfully described as something of a masterpiece. One thing is for sure - it is not easily forgotten. Heartfelt and enriching
A superbly insightful story
With a surprising maturity . . . Benedict Wells has found a voice to describe, neither cruelly nor over-sensitively, human fragility, failure and ageing
Beautifully rendered: moving and wise, occasionally timeless . . . when Wells most needs to be sophisticated, he is
What happens to Jules and Alva in the hands of Benedict Wells is dazzling storytelling . . . The End of Loneliness is both affecting and accomplished - and eternal
The writing is as luminous as the subject is dark