"'A superb novel about the sensuous light of the Mediterranean summer, the languorous days and nights filled with desire... wonderful.' Colm Toibin 'Brave, acute, elated, naked, brutal, tender, humane and beautiful... If you can't handle the violence of regret the novel will awaken in you, or the agony of remembering wanting someone more than you wanted anything in your life, or the exquisite suffering that comes with the gain, and loss, of something that neared perfect understanding, then don't read this book... Otherwise, open the cover and let Aciman pull the pin from the grenade.' Nicole Krauss 'An exceptionally beautiful book... A first novel that abounds in moments of emotional and physical abandon... As much a story of paradise found as it is of paradise lost... Exquisite... Extraordinary.' Stacey D'Erasmo, New York Times 'The most exciting new fiction writer of the 21st century. Few novels since Proust's In Search of Lost Time are this adept at capturing the nuances of human emotion.' Diana Fuss, New York Magazine"