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The New York Times Book ReviewBarker's method in Toby's Room is the same one she employed in the Regeneration trilogy: to use historical characters and events as way points for charting her narrative. Her mix of the fictional and the real is seamless, no doubt because she understands that "real" in a novel always means imagined versions of once-living persons…Toby's Room takes large risks. It's dark, painful and indelibly grotesque, yet it's also tender. It strains against its own narrative control to create, in the midst of ordinary life, a kind of deformed reality—precisely to illustrate how everything we call "ordinary" is disfigured by war. And it succeeds brilliantly.