Giving it an unequivocal A, Entertainment Weekly calls this historical novel about a pair of lovers in WWII “dazzling.” The review on NPR’s web site concludes, “…she’s no longer just a writer to watch — she’s a writer to follow, and one whose talent, daring and compassion are beginning to look boundless.”
Library Journal‘s reviewer, however, took a very different view,
[It] has a paint-by-the-numbers feel, as if the author were working too hard to get through every point of the story she’s envisioned. The result is some plain writing, not the luminous moments we remember from her story collection, How To Breathe Underwater.
Random House Audio; UNABR; 0307713547; $50
Adobe EPUB eBook and WMA Audiobook available from OverDrive
A trade paperback edition of Orringer’s much-praised short story collection is also available.