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Critical Praise

"I think I am in love... This is one of the most profound and absorbing books I’ve read in a long time."

— Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"Beautiful... both a large-scale examination of the idea of America and a close inspection of the experiences of coping with trauma and loss."

— Margot Kaminski, San Francisco Chronicle

"The Sorrows of an American is a thought-provoking book that offers pleasures across many different registers... Here again [Hustvedt] proves herself a writer deftly able to weave intricate ideas into an intriguing plot."

— Sylvia Brownrigg, The New York Times Book Review

"The Sorrows of an American takes on elements of a suspense novel as the various mysteries unfold, but the real question is how we reconcile ourselves to the hard truths in our lives."

— Connie Ogle, The Miami Herald