"Don't wait for the movie. Read The Crimson Petal and the White now, while it's still a living, laughing, sweating, coruscating mass of gorgeous words. . . . Words say things even bodies can't. And that's why a book like this is even better than sex." -Time
"A big, sexy, bravura novel that is destined to be surpassingly popular . . . Dear Reader, the author has unpretentiously revived the spirit of the [19th century's] broad, socially conscious narrative tableau." -Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Nothing could have prepared readers for the sweep and subtlety of The Crimson Petal and the White." -The New York Times Book Review
"A lasting love affair; the intimate relationship one develops with the characters after reading for 834 pages is much more satisfying than the mere one-night-stand promised by other novels." -People
"Cocky and brilliant, amused and angry, the author is rightfully earning comparisons to observer extraordinaire Charles Dickens. . . . It's hopeless to resist." -Entertainment Weekly
"This year's most entertaining novel." -The Boston Globe
"Ambitious and accomplished ... Nothing could have prepared readers for the sweep and subtlety of The Crimson Petal and the White."
(The New York Times Book Review)
"Tell[s] a good story grippingly and colorfully ... An old-fashioned page-turner with pleasingly new-fangled twists."
(The Washington Post Book World)
"Gorgeous. Capable of rendering the muck of a London street and the delicate humming-bird flights of thought with equal ease."