Searing ... Bear paints a vivid portrait of the universe that shapes the sisters ... Like many first-time novelists, Bear drives home her points with a heavy hand ... but subtlety is not the be-all and end-all of fiction, and Bear crafts a gripping narrative that hurtles towards disaster in Athens.
A celebration of love in all its complex, contradictory guises ... It is a retelling of an old, old story, but one that conjures an unexpected ending from its familiar source materials. It is gorgeously crafted, with an uncommon lyricism and attention to detail. But most of all, it is simply an exceptional story of the many faces love can wear.