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"Unfolding over the course of a shiva, with digressions into past affairs, Evening is a mourning novel and a ghost story, the novel’s rooms crowded with opinionated family and friends and all the history and complicated relationships they carry. Each family grieves in its own way."
—Chloe Schama, Vogue
"Tight, clever and poignant, with crackling dialogue that could be transposed almost directly to stage or screen."
—David B. Green, Haaretz
"[A] mournful, poignant novel."
—Sarah Neilson, Shondaland
"Tender and mournful, yet sparked with moments of joy and heat, Evening is a compassionate, lyrical portrait of grief, longing, and love."
—Kristin Iversen, Refinery29
"Rapoport draws us into the pleasures of her splendid new novel, Evening, full of lush language used to describe women’s sexuality, lost loves and family secrets."
—Elizabeth Edelglass, Hadassah
"Like a darker, sexier Little Women, it excavates a seemingly saccharine family dynamic to reveal the tangled knot of obligations and entitlements, admirations and resentments, that underpin the closest of sibling bonds."
—Irene Connelly, Forward
"[Rapoport] limns the emotion of every action, cutting straight to the heart. Eve’s inner life is on full display, but the novel’s real drama and magic comes from Eve’s relationships with others. How can we truly understand and love someone when we are so stuck in our own lives? Though Rapoport does not get quite so philosophical, the power of Evening is that she forces you to do that thinking yourself."
—Eric Ponce, BookPage
"Smart, darkly funny . . . Rapoport’s prose crackles with wit . . . and erotic heat, as Eve remembers her first sexual experiences with Laurie. Suffused with deep feeling, Rapoport’s narrative boldly faces the darkness that can fuel sisterly rivalry."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"An introspective drama about a woman reconsidering her family mythology . . . Written in clear and thoughtful prose, Evening will keep readers entranced with the bonds and the competitions between sisters and the questions of what remains when loved ones are gone."
"Somber but hopeful, this work reveals truths about family dynamics, which are always messier and more complicated than unquestioned family lore."
"Written in sensuous yet clear–eyed prose, Evening is a novel that adroitly touches on everything we've ever wanted to know about the inner lives of women, from how they love to how they pitch their tents in the professional world. In her portrait of three generations of a family, as seen through the eyes of Eve, her endearingly conflicted yet wise narrator, Nessa Rapoport has given us a story rich in unexpected disclosures and impenetrable mysteries. Intimate, funny, and thoughtful, Evening is a novel that draws the reader in bit by bit until you are totally under its spell."
—Daphne Merkin, author of 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love
"A masterpiece . . . Lusty, funny, grand. My shabby words do not even begin to convey how brilliant this book is."
—E. Jean Carroll, author of What Do We Need Men For?
"Evening is a book to read many times: First for the gripping story of two sisters forever entwined by love and competition, then for the lyrical images and lush scenes that shape the narrative, and above all for the sheer joy of reading a beautiful work."
—Francine Klagsbrun, author of Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel