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Malena Watrous…captivating…At one point, Max's father explains that he likes the Impressionists because they "let your eye finish the picture." The same could be said of Houghteling's elegant prose. Max's voice is at once crisp and poetic, detailed and spare. While the second half of the book turns into a cat-and-mouse chase, the story is layered with vignettes that give it deeper resonance. Max may not succeed in recovering much of his father's stolen art, but the quest gives his life purpose and the novel substance. In a book about coming to terms with loss, things continue to exist even in their absence. The paintings may be gone, but there is always the music.
—The New York Times