“The writing couldn’t be better or smarter…The canine murders, all told, are a way in, a comedy of manners with a dabbling in whodunnit…What a good job Berne has done, making the grandiose funny.” –The Washington Post

Like John Updike, Evan Connell, Jane Gardam, and other masters of understatement, Berne draws us into the everyday life of an unremarkable place yet maintains an ironic perspective, her keen eye and her laconic wit missing nothing and sparing nobody.” –The Boston Globe

“Berne (Missing Lucile, 2010, etc.), who won the Orange Prize for her first novel, A Crime in the Neighborhood (1997), is a sure hand at the dinner parties, school concerts, teacup tempests, and true moments of suspense that make a suburban comedy of manners par excellence. It’s too bad about the dogs, but they died for a good cause.”
– Kirkus (Starred Review)

“A look at suburban life that manages to be both scathing and sympathetic, Berne’s latest is a smart,amusing satire.”
– Booklist

“Berne has done it again with her latest insightful, character-driven, novel set in modern suburbia…[a] thoughtful satire filled with unforgettable characters.”
– Publishers Weekly