The novel works on many levels. As an examination of the tangled skeins of family allegiance, it is clear-headed to the point of ruthlessness. In its dissection of a fatal illness, it is both rigorous and humane. But it is the power and subtlety of the writing which sets The Map of Tenderness apart . . . With a few deft strokes, he can paint a picture of heart-stopping vividness
A dark and sensuous stylist ... He really is shaping up to be among the very best of the almost overabundant crop of Irish literary production during the last decade.
Eloquent and haunting
Engages richly and rather profoundly with love, death and life.
A moving portrait of a family, of discovery, and having the courage to believe in other people.
Moving [and] lyrical
The Map of Tenderness is a captivating story . . . the author is an Irish poet and it shows in his beautiful prose. It wraps you up as gently as a snowdrift.