One of the most extraordinary novels to come out of Australia in recent years
Norman Swan, Late Night Live
As a first novel, The Longing is an impressive foray into literary fiction. Bruce deftly weaves concurrent narratives crossing time, culture and history around the central theme of loss. If you're an aficionado of Australian art history or a keen gallery goer, or just simply on the lookout for a decent read with good writing and plot, then this is the book for you. I'm sure we'll be reading more by Candice Bruce in the near future.
Julia Jackson, Readings Monthly
It's the characters who tell her story and they are revealed for all their vulnerability, resilience and emotion. Probing courage, loss and friendship, The Longing is a powerful and persuasive examination of the importance of history with regard to what is told, what is known, what is contrived and unknown.
Michael Jacobson, Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin
Australian art historian Bruce's debut novel is a compelling read. In 1855, the enigmatic landscape painter Sanford P Hart walks into the isolated rural homestead of Mrs Ellis MacRorie, a young woman yearning for a different life and whose only friend is her Aboriginal maid, the formidable Louisa. More than 150 years later, while cataloguing Hart's paintings Cornelia Bremer unearths works that astound the art world.
Four Stars, Who Weekly
A remarkably good first novel which is fascinating to read.
Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers
I absolutely loved the story and the writing. And it wasn't just my keen interest in art that had me taken in. I really enjoyed the development of the characters and the building excitement of the discovery of the new works, and of the identity of the Portland painter. It is perfect for reading groups.
Brilliantly written by art historian and curator Candice Bruce who uses her vast knowledge to build this evocative story.
Glen Williams, Woman's Day
It's a compelling read, and the accuracy reflects the author's 30-year research into this era of Australia art history.
Claudia Hyles, Canberra Times