Praise for "The Forgotten Affairs of Youth
"No matter the philosophical twist [Isabel] puts on her actions, it comes back to doing the right thing. McCall Smith has produced an endearing, intelligent and kindly character, which leads a reader to imagining him as having similarly charming traits, both human and literary." --"Charleston Post and Courier"
"Because both Isabel and Jane are philosophers, discussions on the nature of truth also arise--especially when that elusive creature seems to be antithetical to love. In McCall Smith's trademark voice, these conflicts play out in civil conversation, delivered in a naturalistic style that conveys both these women's priorities. . . . Readers get to soak up the cozy atmosphere of this Scottish university town and McCall Smith's gentle good will. . . . Isabel once again proves herself civilized company for cold winter nights." --"The Boston Globe"
"This totally absorbing novel has as its primary focus the grip of the past, as Isabel helps a woman given up for adoption find her biological father. Isabel is everything you'd want in a philosopher, but she is also quirky and witty and made more human by the longing she still sometimes feels for a beautiful but bad love in her past. Far from being Utopian, "The Forgotten Affairs of Youth" is filled with both spires and spikes, like Edinburgh itself." --"Booklist" (starred review)
"You needn't be a series-long admirer of Isabel Dalhousie to be beguiled by this curious philosopher and casual sleuth . . . Isabel believes only the examined life is worth living, and fearlessly so . . . It makes [her] a heroine worth following, even through this quiet, more reflective foray." --"Publishers Weekly
""A look inside the hearts and minds of our friends in Edinburgh . . . A real treat."
"--The Cleveland Plain Dealer
""The well-trod streets and worn stone walls of an ancient, elegant city are in Isabel's very DNA. . . . Gentle, humorous, charshow more