This novel is all that you've bee led to believe it is, and then some more. I loved it. The voice in which it was written was new and exciting - and so specific - I can't imagine anyone able to write so perfectly in someone else's voice as Edugyan. When I picked up this book, I knew it was going to be a war-time story about starving musicians. What I didn't realize was that it was going to be about so much more: the music, the friendships, the courtships, the secrets, the desperation. It's such a fresh take on war-time fiction - I don't believe that time period has ever been told from this vantage point before. It's so worthy of all the accolades it has garnered. I cannot wait to read more from this author.