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Susann CokalThroughout, the bones provide just the right structural underpinnings, holding Georgie's story together from inside the narrative. Presented in loose chronological order, each fragment of memory is fascinating in its own way, moving from childhood's elemental fears and discoveries to the conflicted joys and pains of adulthood. Itani deftly brings them together, dipping into the past to illuminate the present moment, building such emotional complexity that the novel's ending—both inevitable and surprising—is as subtle as it is wrenching. With this book, Itani joins a group of novelists who have chronicled quiet lives from start to finish, uncovering treasure in their dark corners: Carol Shields with The Stone Diaries, Marilynne Robinson with Gilead.
—The New York Times