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M. G. LordA deft, economical portrait of an engaging set of characters whose behavior, though occasionally screwball, is never one-dimensional . . . Riotously funny—a quirky, tender story . . .
— New York Times Book Review
From the Hardcover edition.
Posted April 6, 2001
This book is the most original book I have read since 1969. Nowhere recently have I heard such lovingly created characters talking straight to the soul. This is a book without borders, but has much to tell Americans about themselves. The author enables her characters to incorporate the things each has lost (or forgotten) into the narrative thread of its theme. And this is done in a manner which combines the dialoguism of the best Russian fiction with a divine perspective on human life. It is a pity that this book will not be selected to replace Catcher in the Rye as the paradigm novel for high school students. It is in every respect an important American novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.