THE WALL STREET JOURNALTHE SEATTLE TIMESBOOKLISTSHELF AWARENESS
Winner of the 2012 Nebraska Book Award in Fiction
"Mr. McNeal’s characters are full and knowable. His sentences are the strong, silent type: generous without being showy. And his novel is, quite simply, lovely."
--New York Times
". . . hypnotic . . . Heartbreaking, messy and incredibly sad, To Be Sung Underwater is so vividly written that it takes you to a place where all your perceptions seem dizzyingly altered. Which is, of course, exactly like love itself."
--Caroline Leavitt, The Washington Post
"By far the best love story I've read for a long time . . .
If you despair of the vigor and grace of modern fiction, read this."
--Cynthia Crossen, Wall Street Journal
". . . a novel to fall in love with."
--Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today
". . . the world of the novel is full of meaning, full of metaphor, a kind of spirituality that has no need for dogma or churches or liturgy. The landscape and culture contribute by making things easier or harder to accomplish, but the humans hack out their bit of happiness, some might say their karma."--Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
"Like a grander, straighter, funnier Brokeback Mountain, this is an immensely involving love story that will make your heart race, leap and sing. "
--Melissa Katsoulis, UK Telegraph
"McNeal's study of a girl in love and of a woman trying to find her way is beautifully written . . . Judith and Willy are never less than engrossing."
--Herald Sun (Australia)"Exquisitely heartbreaking."--Family Circle
". . . a beautiful novel that bravely examines the effect a broken relationship can have on one's life path." --Carrie Keyes, Seattle-Post Intelligencer
David Kipen, Southern California Public Radio"This lovely novel is quiet and smart, drawing you so deeply into the characters that the ending might just leave you coming up for air."--O Magazine