“This novel, the first by Atticus Lish, is angry, depressing, self-righteous, overwritten, and pretentious. It’s also, in a way, brilliant and ground-breaking.”
Jane concludes, “Seldom do we meet a man like Frazier, who does not shrink from seeing what there is to see on the surface, and who can see what there is to see in the depths, as well.~
Tompkins: I loved it because it explained to me where a certain tone I’ve come to recognize in Patchett’s writing comes from—in it you hear a knowing, slightly abashed, acceptance of human frailty and misdoings.
“A passionate advocate for the plight of immigrants in Europe, he writes about their experience in a way that wrenches the heart.”
Our reviewer shares why she has enjoyed so many of Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti crime series books, and a lot of her admiration stems from the portrayal of Brunetti himself: his psychological subtlety, intelligence, and responsiveness to pleasure and beauty.