“Kennedy is such a nimble storyteller... the pages fly.”
– Entertainment Weekly
“Two hours and 300 pages later, the glass was empty, the fire was ashes and I was finished. And I thought: Oh, that’s why people read this stuff.”
– Jesse Kornbluth, Headbutler.com
“Kennedy is a skillful and very entertaining writer.... A page-turner with real emotional heft.”
– Publishers Weekly
“As Kennedy continues to tackle the theme of upended lives, Temptation demonstrates a literary confidence that lifts his stories above much of the competition.”
– Ron Hogan, Shelf Awareness
“Author Douglas Kennedy is an artist.”
"A thriller for people who don’t like thrillers; a romance for people who don’t like romances; a philosophical enquiry into the nature of truth and a thumping good read.... Nail-bitingly compulsive. Kennedy has done it again.”
– The Times (London)
"Classic Kennedy... extraordinarily compelling... Kennedy handles a morally complex, yet also surprisingly satisfying, ending with consummate skill, proving what a master he is."
– Daily Mirror (London)
“Leaving the World is a classy page-turner from a novelist who has become a cultural icon in Europe. This is a novel about guilt, uncertainty, redemption, and the fact that we build the roads upon which the accidents of chance occur. Kennedy's characters embark on long, complex, provocative journeys, and their ultimate strength is that—like the writer—they can throw off bright sparks in the dark.”
– Colum McCann, author of the 2009 National Book Award winner, Let the Great World Spin
“The tough, bright heroine of Leaving the World barrels ahead through life, with pluck and acerbity, bruises and injustices not always stepping out of her path. In his fast-paced, engrossing novels Douglas Kennedy always has his brilliant finger on the entertaining parts of human sorrow, fury, and narrow escapes. Wonderful.”
– Lorrie Moore, New York Times bestselling author of A Gate at the Stairs
"Smart, stylish, and emotionally penetrating. Kennedy is a master storyteller, who never fails to keep you gripped until the last page."
– Sarah Dunant, New York Times bestselling author of Sacred Hearts
“It’s high time American readers discover or rediscover the masterful storytelling abilities of Douglas Kennedy. His new novel, Leaving the World, shows that he knows all the ways that women, men, love, lust, and money collide and explode. Sophisticated, beautifully written, and full of heart, this one could well be his best yet.”
– Colin Harrsion, national bestselling author of Risk
“Set aside the first weekend of summer to devour Leaving the World, then stock up on Kennedy's backlist. Happy reading!”
– Joanna Coles, Marie Claire
“This riveting book is one you will not want to put down. An international bestseller, the story follows Jane's life and all that fate throws in her path. Beautifully written, this novel exemplifies the resiliency of the human spirit.”
– The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK)
"This is a book with lasting impact: powerful, provocative, and tender."
– Publishers Weekly
“Best-selling author Kennedy has created a shape-shifting hero, a brilliant, harrowed, and profane goddess who transcends every infernal trial. In this surging epic, a veritable decathlon of the spirit, Kennedy incisively dramatizes the enigma of chance, petty cruelty, and catastrophic evil, 'unalloyed grief,' and the tensile strength concealed beneath our obvious vulnerability.”
– Booklist (starred review)
"Readers who enjoy well-written mainstream works like those of Richard Yates, Richard Russo, Jodi Picoult, and Jane Smiley will be happy to add Kennedy to their list of favorites."
– Library Journal
“If you read only one book this summer, make sure it’s Douglas Kennedy’s Leaving the World. This riveting, poignant page-turner explores how our childhoods affect the choices we make in life, how we make sense of life when tragedy strikes, and the randomness of destiny. Kennedy dexterously combines a fast-paced plot with complex characters, provocative themes, and difficult moral questions about family, love, loss, betrayal and the impact of the past upon the future.”