"What a novel is supposed to be: epic, daring, magnificent, the product of a defining and mesmerizing vision ... It is, in a word, remarkable."
— Michael Dorris, Los Angeles Times
"A remarkable novel .. it's impossible not to keep reading it."
— Laura Shapiro, Newsweek
"Rich and lively ... This moving, elegiac novel commands our compassion and respect for the wisdom and courage to be found in unlikely places, in unlikely times."
— Suzanne Ruta, The New York Times Book Review
"Hegi has a real genius for the material of personal existence, for the world seen close up ... fascinating."
— Mary Mackey, San Francisco Chronicle
"The personal histories of Hegi's characters and the political history they choose to remember or forget illuminate each other in this unforgettable book."
— Nancy Willard, Washington Post Book World