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About the Author
Maggie O'Farrell is the author of four previous novels, including the acclaimed The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox and After You'd Gone. Born in Northern Ireland in 1972, she grew up in Wales and Scotland. She now lives in Edinburgh with her family.
"O'Farrell is a very visual writer, creating dead-on images...This talent serves her well at the novel's startling and darkly rewarding finale."-- "New York Times"
"Radiates the kind of energy that marks a classic...Think Kate Chopin's The Awakening, Charlotte Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' or Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea, stories that illuminate the suffering quietly endured by women in polite society...It's a breathtaking, heart-breaking creation...[a] fierce, engrossing novel."-- "Washington Post Book World"
"Thoughtful, warm, elegantly written and totally shocking...a fantastic read, a real page-turner."-- "Daily Express"
"An intricate, eloquent novel of family malice, longings, and betrayal....O'Farrell maintains a high level of tension throughout, and the conclusion is devastating."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"What a haunting story is that of Esme Lennox...Anne Flosnik does an excellent job with a story that shifts time periods and is told in a range of voices...Her flow of words creates a powerful story-current that pulls the listener along inexorably. Once begun, it's hard to turn this book off."-- "AudioFile"
"[A] finely wrought family exposé...the psychological suspense along the way should satisfy those looking for both strong plot and characterization."-- "Library Journal"
"The novel is brilliant in every way...Maggie O'Farrell has written a taut, fragile mystery of relationships and deception."-- "Literary Review"
"O'Farrell's fourth novel brilliantly illustrates her talent for gradually revealing her character's inner lives...A gripping read with superbly crafted scenes that will blaze in the reader's memory long after the novel is returned to the shelf."-- "Booklist"
"This slow-building, impressionistic work amply rewards dedicated readers with a moving human drama."-- "Kirkus Reviews"