[She has an] evocative grace that brings to mind Annie Proulx
Hay creates enormous spaces with few words, and makes the reader party to the journey, listening, marvelling
Hay's prose is as fluid and surprising as ever. Settings come alive through her signature combination of poetry and simplicity.. . . Read this book for the unmitigated beauty of Hay's language, and the quality of her storytelling.
While there's plenty to sink your teeth into ... it's Hay's perceptive writing that shines brightest. There's something magical in the descriptions of the family lake house in Ontario that Nan, George and Jim visit from their home in New York every year. The place takes on a mythic status ... His Whole Life offers a perspective about what it means to be Canadian - in our political history and romantic, wild habitats. Archetypal stories, yes, but compelling ones.
How lucky we are to have her, this writer who stares down the tough issues in life - whether domestic or political - with such wit and grace. There is much at play here - a country and a marriage that may not survive, sins that may or may not be forgiven. Yet Hay's luminous prose - and a last scene that soars right off the page - is transcendent, redeeming the best and worst things
It's a gorgeous book . . . She plays beautifully with the metaphor of politics, but it's not a political book . . . Elizabeth Hay is unquestionably one of the country's great writers. For me, this is her best yet.
It is all so true -- true to human nature and families and life . . . His Whole Life is a lovely novel.
It is all so true - true to human nature and families and life. His Whole Life is about a boy growing up, but in it readers will find themes, musings and quotes that resonate and strike home with their accuracy and insight. His Whole Life is a lovely novel
A touching portrait of a sensitive, watchful boy growing up and understanding that life can be wonderful, but also full of uncertainties and loss ... Elizabeth Hay vividly describes the landscape and seasons in her native country