"Graceful and gem-like.... Through Bauer's sharp, witty, and elegant prose, ["Frances and Bernard"] become vibrant and original characters.... These are not your typical lovebirds, but writers with fierce and fine intellects.... We are reminded of the power of correspondence -- the flirtation of it, the nervousness, the delicious uncertainty of writing bold things and then waiting days, weeks, or even months for a reply. After finishing this sweet and somber novel, we might sigh and think, 'It's a shame we don't write love letters anymore' -- before stopping for a moment to marvel at the subtlety of what Bauer has wrought out of history and a generous imagination, and being thankful that someone still is."
--"Boston Globe" "In her lively, intelligent new novel, Carlene Bauer creates two characters who are so present on the page, we seem to be eavesdropping on their conversation.... Their letters dance and sparkle with the passion of two minds delighting in each other.... It's a small gem, reflecting the rare joy of finding someone who is, quixotically, counterintuively and completely, yours."
--"More" "Our fave new novel.... You'll laugh and cry [at these] oh-so-beautifully-written letters."
--"Self" "Beautifully imagined."
--Martha Stewart's "Whole Living" "Incandescent... A wholly original, fully fleshed, sparklingly alive, thrilling, moving, jam-packed epistolary novel of a mere 208 pages. I finished this novel in tears, not at all ready to have it end, but with the satisfied, enthralled sense that it had accomplished exactly, perfectly, what it needed to."
--Kate Christensen, "Elle" "There are so many reasons to love this perfect novel, not least because before our eyes Bauer quietly reveals the lovers to each other, and to themselves, while she explores all of the important problems of faith, work, art, marriage, passion, and how best to lead the life that you think you're meant to live. "Frances and Bernard" is smart and clear and deep and beautshow more