"It's a big love story based in the war of England and on an island of Massachusetts." Santa Montefiore, 44, author, London.
"Joseph Heller, the author, writes a book in a time and a place, where no one in America thought there would be more happiness." Sam, 26, student, Amsterdam.
"For me it was an unfolding of the story, a way of finding out how to survive in the world." Alice Hoffman, 60, author, Boston, USA.