Cuts to the bone
Brilliantly done - a sustained exploration of the polarities at the enduring heart of love
Beautifully constructed and controlled . . . an absorbing, nuanced drama about moral choices and personal responsibility
An extraordinary novel about an ordinary situation - the unravelling of a marriage
A triumphant creation . . . the authorial voice has a chameleon quality; she speaks with tongues. And the tongue here is persuasive indeed
Her observation of our species is tender, precise, illuminating
A voyage of self-discovery that is eloquent, lucid and entirely enthralling
Rogers' prose flows elegantly and with effortless power
A startling and gripping exploration of love, grief, responsibility and power that moves effortlessly from the personal - the pain of a woman who has recently lost her father - to one of the most hotly debated and emotive issues of the moment, the plight of asylum seekers . . . A wonderfully humane and vividly written story that will keep you entranced until the last page
Rogers has never been afraid to expose the dark underside of people's psyches, their shoddy motives and secret compulsions
An ambitious and important writer
Jane Rogers is a wonderfully versatile novelist
A literary dystopia that packs an emotional punch . . . The novel does not set up an elaborate apocalypse, but astringently strips away the smears hiding the apocalypses we really face.
Rogers' use of genuine historical detail is brilliant, she knows exactly what to use, and when to stop.