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Thomas MallonIn book after book, [Trevor] has somehow turned the nondescript and the habitual into the exceptionally vivid and particular…When he wishes, as in his 1994 novel, Felicia's Journey, he can depict the most gruesome violence, but always in the same even tones with which the hens get fed. This new novel, except for the accidents that took Mrs. Connulty's husband and Dillahan's first wife, is a delicate sort of drama—there is no corpse in the basement, no bomb lies hidden in any drawer—but even so, a reader will have his heart in his mouth for the last 50 pages. And when that heart settles back down, it will be broken and satisfied…a thrilling work of art.
—The New York Times