by Anita Brookner, a review from Washington Post Book World by Ron Charles.
"Some books are so wonderful that they give us the added pleasure of pressing them into friends' hands and insisting they read them, too. Sadly, the devoted fans of Anita Brookner's flawless novels don't know that pleasure. What, after all, would we say? 'This story about inconsolable loneliness made me think of you ? enjoy!' She's published a novel almost every year since 1981, but the range of her audience seems as restricted as her themes. With Henry David Thoreau, she might wryly observe, 'I have traveled much in Concord,' having explored the whole universe in the narrow confines of a reserved, lonely heart." Read the entire Washington Post Book World review.