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Critical Praise

"Smart, sharply observant . . . [Darby] constructs each line beautifully. . . . Some of the novel's best lines attain a rhythmic intensity and power through their very simplicity... The language hits just the right note."

——New York Times Book Review

"[Darby's] prose is tightly controlled ... sometimes microscopically observant, sometimes musical. Her attention to every detail of the period is faultless. . . . Such virtues and bursts of brilliance provide evidence that this accomplished short story writer can spin memorable fiction at length."

——Publishers Weekly

"Striking ... utterly individual ... exudes its own special atmosphere and intentions. Ann Darby writes with an old-fashioned storyteller's ripe attention to scene and scope ... [and) with sensitivity about the brave new world [her] heroine must traverse .... [Darby's] story of love, loss, and the need for connection makes for a page-turner."


"Thoughtful ... a haunting picture ... particularly arresting."

——Entertainment Weekly