Reviews

Boston Globe, 25 November 2001
"A master sylist in the making." Read entire review

New York Times, 4 November 2001
"This is Tracy Chevalier's singular gift: through the particular perspectives of a few finely drawn characters, she is able to evoke entire landscapes." Read entire review

Entertainment Weekly, 26 October 2001
"Chevalier's ringing prose is as radiantly efficient as well-tended silver..." Read entire review

Cleveland Plain Dealer, 24 October 2001
"A rich story that is true to the era without being a pastiche." Read entire review

Minneapolis Star Tribune, 21 October 2001
"...the ending feels inevitable, exactly right. This is a beautiful novel, not soon forgotten. " Read entire review

Denver Post, 21 October 2001
"...subtle, dark, and in the end, quite lovely." Read entire review

Library Journal, 15 October 2001
"Like an E.M. Forster novel filtered through a modern sensibility..." Read entire review

Baltimore Sun, 13 October 2001
"Part of the secret of Chevalier's success is her uncanny ability to bring a lost world to life..." Read entire review

Washington Post, 7 October 2001
"Chevalier has a gift for deftly integrating masses of historical detail into her fiction, and here she includes Victorian mourning ritual, the technicalities of gravedigging and the tentative emergence of modern decorative taste." Read entire review

Independent, 2 September 2001
"The author's grip on the reader is as powerful as in her first novel. It is almost impossible to break off reading this driving narrative." Read entire review

Guardian, 1 September 2001
"Chevalier does a good line in ghouls, with visits from the Coleman grandmother as much a treat for readers as it is a shuddering nightmare for her relatives." Read entire review

Sunday Times (London), 12 August 2001
"Chevalier skilfully evokes the social differences between the self-assured, faintly pretentious Colemans, and the Waterhouses...She handles the social comedy of these ill-assorted neighbours deftly." Read entire review

Sunday Telegraph, 5 August 2001
"... Cleverly atmospheric. Each separate voice is perfectly judged, reverberating in the mind’s ear and leaving a melancholy echo: death and the means of disposing of corpses pervade the narrative." Read entire review

Times (London), 4 August 2001
"Writing about the past — especially this much written-about period — has its pitfalls, but Chevalier has triumphantly avoided them. The result is a novel that shows both the strangeness of the world as it was and its closeness to our own time. " Read entire review

Daily Mail, 3 August 2001
"Sex and death meet again in Tracy Chevalier's marvellous evocation of Edwardian England... " Read entire review