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Donna RifkindGordon keeps a lot of plates spinning here in a novel that is really just a long series of absorbing digressions. Somehow, though, Gordon is able to maintain her focus on Maria and Pearl, who for all their disappointment in each other are nevertheless lovingly bound together, and who are finally able to achieve a reconciliation that is, like every good ending, both surprising and unavoidable. Gordon's job here was to show the intimacy in Pearl's grand stunt and the grandness in the intimate mother-daughter reunion that follows. In both of those tasks, she has most artfully succeeded.
— The Washington Post