Ruth Padel brings a poet's ear for internal musical pattern, and deep and loving knowledge of the stones, light and colours of Crete, as she winds us into coils within coils of a family's dark history. She combines dramatic storytelling with moving reflectiveness, asking us to think again about whether it is better to remember or to forget?
Padel deftly sketches the complications of family as she teases away at questions of identity and home. Animated by keen imaginative empathy and a strong sense of place, this moving, satisfying, layered novel will transport you to the amethyst Aegean even as the real thing remains out of reach.
Daughters of the Labyrinth [is] a moving and superbly written exploration of a Cretan family with dark secrets. Crete itself becomes one of the main characters in the story.
It is rare to come across literary fiction as satisfying as Ruth Padel's Daughters of the Labyrinth - and I can't recommend it highly enough...Padel succeeds triumphantly [in addressing the Jewish condition] and the whiff of authenticity seeps from every page.
Daughters of the Labyrinth is a novel about a daughter's passionate quest for the truth about what happened to her parents in Crete during the German occupation. It is also a sumptuous and sensuous evocation of Crete itself, its landscape and culture. Ruth Padel's brings a poet's eye to this world of great physical beauty and gnarled legacy