Frank shows a profound empathy for her characters, making this book heartbreaking, yet jubilantly hopeful.
This beautiful novel is old-fashioned in its approach, taking its sweet time to tell a tender love story between two flawed, good-hearted people, and yet it feels wholly fresh…In her second novel (after Crybaby Butch, 2004), Frank not only explores the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict but also presents the difficulties gay partners face in navigating the court system. Above all, though, this is a compassionate, utterly compelling story of how family members, torn apart by tragedy, must reach deep within themselves to meet their greatest challenge.
—Booklist (starred review)
Compelling… It seems quite possible the men’s relationship will not survive these stresses, which Frank explores in depth and without reassuring sentimentality... [Frank] also excels at the social backdrops for her characters’ drama, from the fraught political climate in Israel… to the cozy, gossipy world of gay and lesbian life in Northampton…. [This is] strong storytelling driven by emotionally complex characters.”
—Kirkus (starred review)