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“My Real Children has as much in common with an Alice Munro story as it does with, say, Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle . Good novels show us a character's destiny as an expression of who they fundamentally are. What most novels do only once, My Real Children does twice.” ―Lev Grossman
“My Real Children starts quietly, then suddenly takes you on two roller-coaster rides at once, swooping dizzily through a double panorama and ending in a sort of super Sophie's Choice. A daring tour de force.” ―Ursula K. Le Guin
“Such a wise book, about sweetness in sorrow, without any sentiment... It's easy to write a sad book, but this one uplifts and sweetens even as it tears your heart to pieces. Astounding work, even by Walton's incredibly high standards.” ―Cory Doctorow
“It amazes me a little, the ease with which such a quiet tale and such spare prose managed to engage my brain, boil my blood, and-- ultimately-- break my heart. Thank you, Ms. Walton, for showing me how it's done.” ―Peter Watts
“A dizzying array of astonishments unfolding, a Chinese box of surprises. Once started, it is extraordinarily difficult to put this book down, even for dinner, even for bed.” ―Jane Yolen
“Jo Walton is inimitable... This book is heartbreaking and hilarious, finding profundity in the most minute personal details and individual meaning in the largest events.” ―Pamela Dean
“An achingly beautiful book... After you read the last page, you will never be able to see any history, yours or the world's, in quite the same way.” ―Susan Palwick
“Breathtakingly good! I really didn't want it to end, but I had to keep turning pages to see how it came out. A novel for grown-ups, even ones who think they 'don't like science fiction.” ―Ellen Kushner
“A wonderfully absorbing book...The characters are very real, the plot as complex as origami, the theme timeless. I lost sleep reading it, and dreamed about it when I did sleep.” ―Delia Sherman
“Lyrical and brilliant. Jo Walton takes "What If" to a new level.” ―Ellen Klages
“My Real Children is about ordinary lives, lives filled with love and heartbreak, parents and children, friends and ideas and books and cooking--and at the same time it's so gripping, so compulsively readable, that you can't wait to find out what happens next... A fascinating, poignant answer to the question everyone asks sooner or later: What if I hadn't made that choice? What if I'd done something differently?” ―Lisa Goldstein
“In her greatest novel, George Eliot attributed the growing good of the world to the actions of ordinary people, to which Jo Walton responds in My Real Children, 'What if?'” ―Sherwood Smith
JO WALTON won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002, and the World Fantasy Award for her novel Tooth and Claw in 2004. Her several other novels include the acclaimed Small Change alternate-history trilogy, comprising Farthing, Ha'penny, and Half a Crown. Her novel Among Others won the Hugo and Nebula Awards in 2012. She is a columnist on Tor.com. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.
As always, Jo Walton packs an emotional punch mixed with a fascinating what-if. I can't recommend this book strongly enough.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very nice book. Fully realized worlds and it stick with you. I think about her lives and her choices all the time, and especially the different political atmospheres of her... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katherine Binford
Confusion. Holes in her memory. A surreal sense of two separate lives that veered from one path into two during her younger years. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laurel-Rain Snow
I found this to be a very interesting read. Everyone wonders how their life would hace been different if they had made different choices.Published 3 months ago by Avid Reader and Music Lover
This book has a permanent place on my all-time favorites list. It is powerful, beautiful, and deeply moving. Read morePublished 5 months ago by h3llo0cto
I'm giving this book three stars but it was hard to decide. I was really enjoying this book at first, it started out a four star book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elizabeth Serena
A good book, but not a great one.
The use of parallel stories to narrate the "lives" of Patricia Cowan is a very different medium and quite a clever one. Read more