"One of the great books of our age. It is the subtlest of miniatures that contains our deepest sorrows and truths and love - all caught in a clear, simple style in perfect brushstrokes" -- Michael Ondjaate "A truly extraordinary novel... Maxwell has tapped a vein of strange, pure emotion" -- Philip Hensher Mail on Sunday "So magically deft at being profound...possesses that daunting quality impossible to emulate: it makes greatness seem simple" -- Richard Ford "Maxwell does something all great novelists do: he conjures depths of pain and regret in words of radiant simplicity" -- Anthony Quinn Observer "This calm, reflective and extraordinarily beautiful novel offers American fiction at its finest" Irish Times
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From the Inside Flap
On an Illinois farm in the 1920s, a man is murdered, and in the same moment the tenous friendship between two lonely boys comes to an end. In telling their interconnected stories, American Book Award winner William delivers a masterfully restrained and magically evocative meditation on the past. "A small, perfect novel."--Washington Post Book World.