"Tremendous . . . Smiley is a seductive writer in perfect command of every element of language. . . . Smiley's grand, assured, quietly heroic, and affecting novel is a supremely nuanced portrait of a family spanning three pivotal American decades."
— Booklist (starred)
"A wide-angle view of mid-century America. Told in beautiful, you-are-there language, the narrative lets ordinary events accumulate to give us a significant feel of life at the time. . . . Highly recommended; a lush and grounded reading experience."
— Library Journal (starred)
"Expansive. . . . Engaging. . . . Smiley juggles characters and events with her customary aplomb and storytelling craft."
— Kirkus Reviews