Riveting ... erudite and immensely detailed ... a rich, densely textured and utterly absorbing novel
A consummately intelligent novel, highly literate but also intensely moving.
a powerful novel of love, loss and longing, exquisitely written
Substantial, moving and beautifully written
Hustvedt ranks amongst the finest American writers working today
A love story with the grip and suspense of a thriller. It makes you ponder human existence with a peculiar mixture of stoicism and wonder.
Subtle, compassionate, wise, and supremely intelligent, it's a striking achievement.
Defiantly complex and frequently dazzling ... she has created a conceptually exciting work that demands we think, but which still allows us room to feel.
A big, wide, sensuous novel - clever, sinister, yet attractively real