Longlistedfor the2011 Orange Prize for Fiction.
Julie Orringer was born in Florida in 1973. She received the Paris Review's Discovery Prize, and her collection of stories How to Breathe Underwater was a New York Times Notable Book.
Old-fashioned in the best possible way: a big, generously involving
story, utterly convincing in its texture and detail. Beautiful and
sad * Metro *
Compelling, passionate, tragic * Marie Claire *
Powerful and affecting, crowded with the details of lives led and miseries inflicted * Sunday Times *
There are characters whose fate we care about, and a profoundly moving love story threaded between the tenacity of family and the monstrous grind of war. One that cries for you to linger over page by enthralling page -- Simon Schama * Financial Times *
Gripping, moving * TLS *
Stunning, gracefully written, altogether remarkable * LA Times *
A sweeping epic, a good old-fashioned page-turner * Daily Mail *