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Critical Praise

"An astonishingly good first novel...fully engaging from the first paragraph. What a gift: to be able to live alongside these people for a while."--- Chicago Tribune"A literary love story...about the fragility of good fortune and the accidental ways of finding happiness."--- USA Today"Justin Cronin must have been a novelist in an earlier life. What else could account for the mature insight and the beautifully controlled technique we find in his debut novel?...Cronin succeeds, touchingly and tenderly, in portraying life itself as a triumph of hope over experience."--- The Boston Globe"Justin Cronin's Mary and O'Neil is that rare thing: a wholly engrossing story of the ordinary life."--- Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls' Rising