From Publishers Weekly
The author examines the patterning of his characters' lives as they form and reform themselves into conspiratorial pairs, in this novel of four couples and their assorted offspring. "Mathews manages to tinge familiar objects and places, such as New York, with a delectable strangeness," stated PW .
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Cigarettes has the delicate yet rigorous architecture of latticework: if we concentrate on the light streaming through its apertures we are still attentive to its carpentry; if we focus on its geometry the light is, of needs, a constant presence. It is a triumph of the imagination.
A brilliant Jane Austen-like social comedy on the unfathomable nature of human relationships.
(Lanie Goodman Washington Post Book World
A brilliant and unsettling book.... Mathews weaves into each of his several story-threads more unexpected twists than you'll find in the average multi-volume Victorian novel.
(Tom Clark Los Angeles Times Book Review
In Cigarettes, Mathews takes us more interestingly than ever into that unfinished work of art, the self, exposing powerful dependencies and subtleties in a cast of characters distinct and poised yet half-goping toward others and themselves. The plot, the tale, the laying bare, are intriguingly staged and timed in a novel as imaginative as it is disturbing.