"Nair is a powerful writer, who through this tender story shows great understanding and compassion for women and for the choices and regrets they cannot avoid."
"Nair's strength lies in bringing alive the everyday thoughts, desires and doubts of these six ordinary women."--Times Literary Supplement
" . . . quietly powerful . . ."
"A sensitive exploration of the tension of self-actualization vs. familial responsibility in a society with traditional values, this novel . . .will surely resonate with readers everywhere."
"Nair is a powerful writer. . . she has created what must be one of the most important feminist novels to come out of South Asia."
--Daily Telegraph (UK)