RaveBooklistStefánsson is a superb storyteller with a metaphysical bent. He draws characters with empathy and wit, and frames their condition in existential dichotomies: modernity versus the past, mystical versus rational, destiny versus coincidence. A mix of casual and poetic imagery animates the philosophical point.
PositiveBooklist... [an] extradordinary story ... Her well-flowing narrative includes synopses of crucial political and military episodes. Backstories and telling details bring major and minor characters to life. Sisters recall the minutiae ... The Rabinowitzes gave Frankel access to a trove of family documents, photos, and memories for this account of a lesser-known chapter of the Holocaust, which includes source notes and citations.
A K Blakemore
PositiveBooklistManningtree Witches is notable for the beauty of Blakemore’s language. Her poetic imagery exquisitely conjures ambiance, character, and period detail ... The well-realized principal characters are more than simply victims and villains.
PositiveBooklistPazcoguin’s irreverent, conversational writing is appealing: funny, poignant, and sometimes understandably angry. Word pictures, such as anxiety \'whir[ring] inside of me constantly, not unlike a high-powered blender,\' evoke her personality. Although this story takes place within an elite ballet company, it speaks to a broad audience.