an affecting work with a memorable twist (The Daily Telegraph, Review)
"An artfully constructed, suspenseful novel with a cunning twist towards the end."--J. M. Coetzee, "New York Review of Books"
"Elegant. . . . Suffused with precise and painful tenderness. . . . Stands out for its warmth." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Painful and powerful. . . . Somberly but vividly, [Roth] recreates the panic and fear triggered by polio." --"USA Today"
"A perfectly proportioned Greek tragedy played out against the background of the polio epidemic that swept Newark, New Jersey, during the summer of 1944." --"Financial Times"
"Like a very well-executed O. Henry story. . . . A parable about the embrace of conscience. . . .and what its suffocating, life-denying consequences can be." -Michiko Kakutani, "The""New York Times"
"Yet another small triumph from one of our native artists largest in spirit. And by small Ia