"No one writes as lushly as Toni Morrison...And no one evokes more magically black communities — the people, the bonds, the talk, the buried resentments and the secret histories."
— Deirdre Donahue, USA Today
"...a breathtaking, risk-taking major work that will have readers feverishly, and fearfully turning the pages."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Another triumph for Morrison..."
— Publishers Weekly
"Gripping...Morrison is at her complex and commanding best."
"Like all the best stories, [Morrison's] are driven by an abiding moral vision. Implicit in all her characters' grapplings with who they are is a large sense of human nature and love — and a reach for understanding of something larger than the moment."
— Jean Strouse, Newsweek
"[Morrison] works her magic charm above all with a love of language. Her...style carries you like a river, sweeping doubt and disbelief away, and it is only gradually that one realizes her deadly serious intent."
— Susan Lydon, Village Voice