Alison McGhees is a novel of simple explanations, simple movement, and Faulkners favorite, most ferocious question: Can we ever really know one another?Los Angeles TimesMcGhee has written a lovely and successful third novel. She brilliantly captures the close but guarded ties between residents of a grieving small town, and delivers dialogue with the uncommon and impressive mix of precision, poignancy, and believability. Minneapolis Star TribuneMcGhee is a beautiful writer, especially in her sense of place and her precision in describing characters. Twin Cities Pioneer PressMcGhee, author of the critically acclaimed novel Shadow Baby, portrays in spare and beautiful prose a setting and community that recall the cold, hard landscapes of Richard Russos fiction. Book PageWas It Beautiful? is a powerful and tender portrayal of loss and renewal at midlife. With singular grace and humor, Alison McGhee pays loving attention to the details of life in the Adirondacks and to the small kindnesses and idiosyncrasies that make each member of a community precious and unique.From the Trade Paperback edition.