The O'Briens Reviews
"Starred Review. Moments of grace and romance are rocked by cruel words and violence in this epic, a piece of rough beauty itself." - Publishers Weekly
"Illuminating.... An epic along the lines of Middlesex in the way it follows a family through time and examines the results of their actions.... A brooding novel, engrossing in its scope and detail, The O'Briens keeps sight of the family's personal stories amid the larger history of much of the twentieth century." - Booklist
"Behrens's characters are engaging and the history of the various cities, budding industries, and wars expertly handled." - Library Journal
"Peter Behrens's family saga The O'Briens (Pantheon) spans the first half of the Canadian twentieth century, finding a parallel epic in an unforgettable narrative of marriage." - Vogue.com
"Impressive in its scope and ambitious in its goals. Some of [the] descriptions are flat-out jaw-dropping... In giving his family a past few of them knew existed, Behrens has made The O'Briens unforgettably alive." - Globe and Mail (UK)
"A distinctly twentieth-century family epic... Pitch-perfect." - National Post (Canada)
"Having read both Buddenbrooks and The O'Briens this summer, I can affirm they are definitely in the same league - great, juicy tales that will make you take a second look at annoying relatives. They are, after all, part of the big picture, otherwise known as history and destiny." - The Gazette (Montreal)
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