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Critical Praise

This lush first novel is part family drama, part fairy tale (Brothers Grimm, not Disney)...Entertaining but's an unsentimental song of grief and forgiveness. Bottom Line: Blaze of glory.

——Michelle Vellucci, People

Long skillfully evokes the minefield of memory and loss that lies at the heart of every family.

——Jenny Offill, The Washington Post

Long is wildly gifted...The writing, which captures both rage and love, is remarkable...Few writers have captured so perfectly the bond between siblings.

——Deirdre Donahue, USA Today

Passionate...vibrant...[written] with rich, rueful, hard-won wisdom...[a] big, fiery howl of a book...powerful.

——Janet Maslin, The New York Times

A passionate, sprawling debut...full of astonishments.

——Mark Rozzo, Los Angeles Times