"Itani's writing is merely breathtaking."
"Itani revisits words with an arresting power most of us have forgotten. But she wields that power with quiet, remarkable effect."
"Emotionally resonant... Several profound themes--including the curative power of language, the endurance of faith, and the vital role of storytelling in life, love, and war--are expertly enmeshed in this imaginatively crafted tale."
"Impressive ... Itani does not shy away from war's unflattering profile.... [She] deftly links sound and silence, war and deafness, bravely confronting the need for human connection in times of war and, in turn, the acute pain of sustaining such connection."
"Itani's lean, absorbing prose re-creates the different kinds of cocoons enfolding her characters....This mesmerizing and quietly remarkable novel captures a young couple bound by a private language of fingers on lips and thoughts unvoiced and unutterable across the rift of the sea."
"Admirably understated, touching, and restrained. [Itani] writes lyrically about the magical, mysterious way that language, intimacy, and trust enable a deaf woman to hear the sounds of the sea and of music--and of how cataclysmic historical events can touch, shatter, and ultimately strengthen even the most interior life."