" I quickly fell to skimming the pages after the first couple of chapters; in the end, I didn't feel as though I missed anything by doing so. I can't say I disliked Itani's writing style, it felt very tranquil like walking through a gallery of Seurat paintings, but everything in the story felt the same at the end as it did in the beginning; not enough detail to sustain my attention for an entire novel. I kept thinking, "I'd enjoy her writing much more in short-story form; in a full length novel it goes from tranquil to simply boring." It turns out that she has won awards for her short stories and features for CBC radio, and is also a poet. That's probably why her first novel seems sparse. "
— Danna, 1/23/2014