"A gritty, beautifully crafted novel rich in wisdom and suspense ... secures Morris's status as one of our finest American writers."
— Miami Herald "An extraordinary novel ... a deeply satisfying story … There is grace and poetry in Morris's prose."
— USA Today "Songs in Ordinary Time is deep and thick as a long, hot summer, a fully realized world ... wrought with fearless detail … the narrative of a town reminiscent of the collective ache of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter."
— The Boston Globe "Songs in Ordinary Time is real life cruising small-town USA with the top down and the volume up. In her graphic, stiletto chapters, Mary McGarry Morris is a cross between Elizabeth Gaskell and David Lynch."
— Minneapolis Star Tribune Morris's powers of observation create a depth that makes the characters' dilemmas seem as real as the reader's own. The book is alternatively touching and sinister, but it resonates with authenticity. At every moment, it is all too familiar and real."
— The San Diego Tribune