"This 'wickedly good' author has come to represent the best of today's American literature... She is an exquisite chronicler of the everyday...Her characters are at once infuriating and endearing, conservative yet quietly eccentric."
——The Observer, London
"She traces the stormy union of two people who love but can't stand each other."
"Tyler ranges over 60 years of American experience... from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the anniversary of that day in 2001...as she tracks one couple's domestic disturbances...[Her] writing is beautifully accurate, more often than not with a glinting vein of humor."
——New York Times Book Review
"An ode to the complexities of familial love, the centripetal and centrifugal forces that keep families together and send their members flying apart, the supremely ordinary pleasures and frustrations of middle-class American life."