`Everything is burnished with vitalisingly poetic images. The Chemistry of Tears isn't only about life and inventiveness: it overflows with them.' --Peter Kemp, SUNDAY TIMES
`I loved this book for its mysteries, its hinted back stories, its reserve, and its underlying complexity.' --Lucy Daniel, DAILY TELEGRAPH
`Characters that beguile and convince, prose that dances or is as careful as poetry, an inventive plot that teases and makes the heart quicken or hurt ... this tender tour de force of the imagination succeeds on all fronts.' --Rebecca K. Morrison, INDEPENDENT
`It is remarkable, and rather cheering, to find that the fine bloom on his writing, the sharp, green bite of emotion and the pellucid observation seem entirely unaffected by success.' --Jane Shilling, EVENING STANDARD
`Yet another triumph for its creator, breath-catchingly beautiful and tender in places, with strange and shocking revelations slowly revealed.'
--Camilla Pia, THE LIST
'The book that has haunted me all year is Peter Carey's The Chemistry of Tears. Carey's intricately engineered novel explores the connection between heartsickness and precise and intellectually demanding manual labour.' --Jane Shilling, THE STANDARD, Books of the Year
Following the recent success of Parrot and Olivier in America
comes another wonderfully rich tale with historical themes from the twice Booker-winner.