She strides across these pages: a 6ft tall Amazonian New Yorker . . . by whom we are at once riveted and faintly disconcerted . . . Hustvedt is a lucid writer, whose spare, elegant prose wears lightly its eclectic reference points.
Thoughtful, sensuous essays . . . her enthusiasms are oddly infectious
A luminous collection of mind-expanding pieces on literary and philosophical themes . . . A book to renew one's faith in the literary essay
An intellectual, emotional and elegantly written collection that leaves the reader with plenty to ponder . . . Her passion for language and literature makes the prose leap from the page . . . Hustvedt is, quite simply, an extraordinary literary talent. Read it, ponder it, then go read it again