This beautiful novel shows us how families cope with the most painful kind of loss and reminds us that even as grief fractures, it can pave the way for unexpected grace.
Waldman knits [relationships] together with the pleasing simmetry of a doily... She also constructs an impressive parallel between the vocations of shipbuilding and playing a stringer instrument... Readers will enjoy the ride.
Excellent... A compelling, unique story... Grabs the reader right away.
Waldman writes with practiced skill... It's a love story, a tragedy, a family saga, as well as a novel about class conflict that pits two stubborn, controlling women against one another.
Terrific... Waldman's prose style is lovely and fresh... This book made me happy, and happy to be alive.
A thoroughly gripping and elegantly written story about love, grief, friendship, and the unexpected ways in which disaster brings families together.