"Violet Clay is filled with wonderful language, wonderful people and wonderful insights…. It is about families, destinies, terrors and exaltations…I will not soon forget it, It is the work of one of the very best writers we have"
— Jonathan Yardley
The Miami Herald
"I love Gail Godwin’s women. They are strong, intelligent, funny, often self-mocking. They are tough on themselves… fall into predictable pits, but expect everything of themselves"
— Susan Shreve
The Washington Post
"A damned good, old-fashioned story…A modern portrait of an artist as a young woman…Remarkable."
— Chicago Tribune
"Violet Clay shows Gail Godwin as a painterly writer and a very good novelist indeed."
— The Boston Globe