Joan has spent a lifetime enduring the cruelties of men. But when one of them commits a shocking act of violence in front of her, she flees New York City in search of Alice, the only person alive who can help her make sense of her past. In the...
"I’m not at all sure where to shelve this one; it’s a period piece, set in 1893 and it struck me that Sarah Perry was (consciously or not) seeking to emulate the style of Thomas Hardy or perhaps George Eliot. And some of her Essex characters certai..."
"This an astonishing piece of work. Tokarczuk packs more ideas, more literary gems into 248 pages than many a book of three times its length. Her imaginary village of Primeval is filled to overflowing with a collection of people who are unquestiona..."