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Critical Praise

"Haunting . . . Rich, lyrical and frequently elegiac . . . Fred Chappell has become one of our indispensable contemporary writers. "

—Greg Johnson The Atlanta Journal/Constitution

" Marvelous . . . powerful and entertaining . . . The most affecting work of fiction about place and love . . . since A River Runs Through It. "

—Howard Frank Mosher The Washington Post Book World

"Grounded in the gripping art of storytelling, [it] demonstrates Fred Chappell's universal appeal . . . A stirring chorale of women's voices. "

—Robert Taylor The Boston Globe

"A vibrant picture . . . Chappell describes steely, passionate women, the savory foods they cook, and the luscious landscapes they inhabit. "

—Margot Mifflin Entertainment Weekly

"An array of flavorful tales . . . a sometimes boisterous, sometimes lyrical, sometimes gothically romantic celebration of women. "

—David Willis McCullough, The New York Times Book Review