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John Gregory BrownBoth sympathy and rage are everywhere: in a mother's anguished efforts to acquire pain medication for her dying infant, in a girl's desperate longing to be reunited with her mother. Page by page, the anger and frustration build, not simply in the characters but in the book itself, and it is easy to fear that the message will overtake the story. The saving grace in this novel, as in all of Chute's work, is the levity amidst all the anger. Again and again, she's just plain funny, and to be that funny, of course, you've also got to be smart.
—The Washington Post