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Critical Praise

"Exquisite. . . . Tragic. . . . [Faulks] displays to good advantage his considerable powers in describing the story’s various landscapes."

——The Seattle Times

"Faulks’ achievement is that he renders the period and places so convincingly that they become intimately familiar."

——Daily News (New York)

"Fans of Faulks . . . will find plenty of period atmosphere on which to hang their snap-brimmed fedoras."


"This wonderful novel . . . makes being a grown-up seem enviable, stylish, seductive. . . . A joyous book with a glow of pleasure."


"[A] vivid novel of New York. . . . Seductive and radiant prose. . . . Faulks captures beautifully the cadence of the United States 40 years ago."

——Rocky Mountain News

"Faulks has given us immensely appealing people, and only the hardhearted can fail to respond to their experiences with sympathy."

——New York Post

"Faulks is an exquisite observer. . . . The characters inhabit a setting so exotic and vivid, so correct in all its details, that it floods them with animating light."


"When passion erupts, Faulks is equal to the task. His prose gets it just right. . . . He has given us three very real, immensely appealing people."

——The Washington Post Book World

"[A] thoughtful love story [and] a melodic mood piece."

——The Oregonian

"A romance full of luminous insights, brimming with feeling and paced to perfection. . . . No contemporary author writes with more power, more eloquent simplicity."

——San Francisco Chronicle

"Smart, well-wrought . . . a tenderly orchestrated love story. . . . everything an old-fashioned novel is supposed to do. . . . It will provoke and linger."

——Chicago Tribune