I adored Susie Boyt's novel Loved And Missed, which explores what can happen when, out of the blue, addiction and dereliction arrive to wreck a family. And how goodwill, determination and encouragement can ultimately put things back together again.
This beautiful tale of love, courage and compassion...captures the pain of estrangement in penetrating, haunting language... Loved and Missed is a complex, deeply moving novel about frailty and suffering. Despite all the sadness, hope remains
An acute, enormously moving study of familial love, and how the bonds between a mother and child can rupture, sometimes inexplicably.
Boyt is both funny...and poignant...but never less than impeccably truthful, with a broad, oft breathtaking wisdom
To wrest exquisite prose and engaging narrative out of a tale of pain and sorrow is the achievement of a serious novelist who has blossomed into originality and who deserves a wide audience
Boyt's writing is perceptive and emotionally powerful
I was in the story, feeling everything. I cared about every character . . . She writes beautifully. It was a total pleasure
Boyt's novel is compelling-and invites our compassion for those who may not always earn it, but still deserve it
Loved and Missed deftly sidesteps the clichés that often plague stories involving drug abuse, and it conveys the complexities of loving someone who can't love you back with remarkable delicacy.
A novel of profound courage and consideration; every page a kaleidoscope of thoughtful insight into human frailty and complexity . . . one of the greatest visceral studies of love I have ever experienced
It's an arresting premise for Susie Boyt's thoughtprovoking seventh novel...Boyt's novel is compelling - and invites our compassion for those who may not always earn it, but still deserve it.
Her writing has a Keatsian belief in the holiness of the Heart's affections . . . a beautiful work of art, a page-turning narrative with wise and funny observations and dialogue . . . both heart-breaking and consoling
She takes the study of love into uncharted territory and every sentence has its depths and pleasures
I am so moved: it carries a huge emotional power . . . I ached for them all. Poignant, witty, lyrical and perceptive
Always surprising - unexpected, particular, the thing you didn't know you wanted, but needed more than anything. A tender study of unrequited maternal love redeemed ultimately by the quiet glory of not giving up