Book Reviews
"Jane Hamilton has removed all doubt that she belongs among the major writers of our time."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Like a lot of books singled out for praise, A Map of the World can be described as a page-turner. But in this case, the pages are turned with trembling hands."

"This beautifully written story follows the form and function of all great literature: it assembles a gripping cast of sinner, sufferers, and opportunists, then gives them the settings and self-perceptions to hang or redeem themselves."

"Few writers have the courage to attempt a truly adult novel or the skill to produce one. Thankfully, Jane Hamilton is among them. A daring writer."
New York Daily News

"The book is exquisite in its individual passages, compelling as a whole." —
Women's Review of Books

"Unforgettably, beat by beat, Hamilton maps the best and worst of the human heart and all the mysterious, uncharted country in between."
Kirkus Reviews

"Hamilton's special genius lies in blending the quotidian and the mythic."
U.S. News & World Report

"A beautifully developed and written story reminiscent of the work of Sue Miller and Jane Smiley... one wants to read this power novel at one sitting."
Publisher's Weekly

"Stunning prose and unforgettable characters... an enthralling tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying ways our lives can spin out of control.
A+" — Entertainment Weekly

"It takes a writer of rare power and discipline to carry off an achievement like A Map of the World. Hamilton proves here that she is one of our best."

"Ms. Hamilton has done a nimble job of showing us how precarious the illusion of safety and security really is."
New York Times

"Hamilton's chillingly accurate prose keeps her fine novel buoyant. She is superb in her observation of the natural world and in her examination of psychological nuance."
Washington Post


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