This book is haunting and elegiac, not least because Death herself is one of the narrators. Our other main narrator, Wolf, is a liminal entity, as befits someone who has survived Death more than once and now serves as her chronicler (and possibly more). Godden challenges readers both structurally and stylistically, equally confronting and easing our own very personal heartaches. Sections deal with public grief, the inequalities of death and grieving, and the losses (ancestral and present-day) suffered by both Mrs Death and Wolf. Godden’s book is lyric, relentless, and surprising.
–Rafe, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA