“Powerful…. If you haven’t read McGahern, this is a good place to start, at the heart of a lyric grief and an embittering passion.”
—The New York Times Book Review
"Few have a story so full of pain and beauty as that of the revered Irish man of letters John McGahern."
—The Boston Globe
“McGahern seeks not to exploit his past but to understand it and to make it pertinent and meaningful to others.”
—The Washington Post Book World