"A wrenching conclusion to a tough-hearted triology . . . Grenville shies away from nothing. . . . Exuberant, cruel, surprising, a triumphant evocation of a period and a people filled with both courage and ugliness."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Laudable . . . exquisite and vibrant."--"The Atlantic"
"Both brilliant fiction and illuminating personal history."--"The Independent"
"Beautifully written . . . Can be read as a dissection of a cultural clash or an allegory for colonialism, but at heart, the novel uses fiction to search for reason within history."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
"Grenville's extraordinary trilogy is a major achievement in Australian literature."--"Australian Book Review"
"It is with often marvelous vividness and clarity that Grenville evokes Sarah's world. . . . Through the eyes of this young woman, the physical and cultural strangeness of a nation still clambering into existence spring richly to life."--" The Guardian"
"[An] exceptional historical novel, with mutilayered characters and a beautifully styled plot."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Grenville's Early Australia trilogy comes to a brilliant conclusion. . . . Lovingly detailed . . . Full of fascinating characters."--"Booklist"
""Sarah Thornhill" displays [Grenville's] gift for creating character full blaze. . . . A great work of truth . . . What unfolds is a box of surprises, richly wrapped in language so colorful and lively, you can taste it. . . . You believe in [Sarah's] honesty, her perceptiveness, her way of 'reading' others. . . . A wonderful novel."--"The Scotsman"
"Beautifully written and engrossing."--"The Mail on Sunday "(4 stars)
"I was thrilled to find myself back beside the river I'd come to know so well in The Secret River.The power with which Kate Grenville evokes places and people is so remarkable that I could remember the smell of the air there--and it was no surprise to discover that Sarah Thornhshow more