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Ann HarlemanLinked at first by mere accident — Veronika falls ill, and Astrid finds her and cares for her — the two women gradually begin to confide in each other. Unlike the voice of the novel’s omniscient narrator, theirs are natural and vivid, utterly convincing. And unlike the novel’s flatly depicted present, the physical world of the past, in which their stories take place, generously opens to admit us.
— The New York Times