MARY BETH KEANE

Abeautifully crafted story reminiscent of the best Mary Gordon or John MacGahern or Claire Keegan. She's got heart and subtlety all at once.

 COLUM MCCANN

 

A richly detailed, powerfully evocative novel . . . Keane tells an archetypal American story . . . and she brings it robustly to life in ways that help us to see its long-lasting ability to inspire.  There is a gritty, courageous immediacy to Keane's realism, as she renders scene with great  emotional intesity  . . . Keane's first novel is as powerful as it is relevant. Enthusiastically recommended.

 LIBRARY JOURNAL

 

Richly moving . . . Sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes joyous and tender - one of those stories that lingers in the reader's memory as a lived experience.

KIRKUS REVIEWS

 

Keane creates characters as believable as they are quietly decent and wise. Never heavy-handed, she allows us to journey with them as they slowly accumulate bits of life knowledge.

 CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR