"The Golden Age is pretty much perfect."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "Her writing is cleareyed, generous-hearted, never sentimental...every character, however minor, comes to life in these pages. Like her fictional pianist, London is a virtuoso."
--Krikus Reviews (Starred) "Poetic intensity suffuses the novel...resisting easy sentimentality, [it] presents polio rehabilitation as a metaphor for postwar recovery."
--The New Yorker "Characterization is the novel's primary achievement. Readers will feel affection for Frank and the many secondary characters."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Golden Age is a beautiful love story that insists upon celebrating the transcendent power of poetry and art over the destructive forces of fear, despair and xenophobia."
--The Dallas Morning News "For all its focus on exile and displacement, 'The Golden Age' is by no means an angry book. It is a quiet, elegiac story of love and renewal and liberation written in crisp prose..."
--Forward "The Golden Age serenely affirms the goodness in people and the divinity of the connections between them."
--Helen Elliott, The Syndney Morning Herald "The Golden Age is London's most accomplished and keenly felt work to date...her affection for her characters may be contagious."
--Geordie Williamson, The Australian "Fearless, graceful and deeply benevolent."
--Helen Garner, novelist "The multi-award-winning London graciously captures young love in a quiet and beautifully sculpted story that is easily devoured in one sitting."
--Library Journal "A brilliant display of life and change: the transition between war and peace, between love and permission, between terrible paralysis of various kinds and movement."
--Brenda Walker, The Monthly "The Golden Age carries the quiet assurance of a classic, which it will most certainly become. "
--Tegan Bennett Daylight, Sydney Review of Books
"London's writing is at its best when bringing to life the coming-of-age story between Frank and Elsa: their hopes and fears (and those of other polio-stricken children), their resolve, and their disappointments. The setting and place are rich and detailed, and Perth feels alive."
--Historical Novel Society
Praise for Joan London "[Gilgamesh] captures the romance of wanderlust like no other novel I have read."
--Maureen Freely, The Guardian "[The Good Parents] a dark and lovely work is both a novel of ideas and one of emotions...the mystery of enthrallment only deepens, irradiated by London's gorgeous prose."
--Roxana Robinson, The New York Times "London's prose is a seamlessly shifting blend of poetry, pathos, and humor."
--The Washington Post