“Enthralling. . . . A demanding and rewarding brainy-brawny novel that complicates our understanding of the world instead of coarsening it. ” — The New York Times Book Review “Superb. . . . Beautifully realized . . . . Both an exploration of mother-daughter dynamics and an exploration of faith. . . . It is Gordon. . . writing at her best.” —The Seattle Times “Compelling. . . . Gordon tells a gripping story. . . .the issues couldn’t be more relevant.” — The Christian Science Monitor “Gordon raises important (and timeless) questions: is there anything truly worth dying for ? And is it always desirable to live? . . . [She is] a fiercely poetic writer.” —San Francisco Chronicle.