The heart of the novel is his penetrating description of Fitzgerald's troubled self.
The Sunday Times
O'Nan is serious in his attempt to dig deep into Fitzgerald and his genius... Scott's pain is palpable but O'Nan's prose glitters in response.
Some of O'Nan's most suggestive passages conjure the feeling of freefall that can accompany uncontrollable change.
O'Nan has written a wonderfully intimate and gently absorbing book.
Atmospheric West of Sunset re-imagines the last three troubled years of Fitzgerald's life... Stunning.
A stunning account of F. Scott Fitzgerald's final years.
[A] gorgeous new novel... O'Nan is a writer alert to the courage and beauty inherent in the stories of people who simply have to keep on keeping on.
Mesmerising and haunting...The strings O'Nan pulls so deftly are really the mark of a consummate pro, along the lines of Fitzgerald himself.
O'Nan's adroitness with atmosphere and period detail makes Fitzgerald's dreams of creating worthy work, even with his best days behind him, absorbing and poignant.
The New Yorker
O'Nan... skilfully pulls us into Fitzgerald's gilded and yet familiar world. He brings the Hollywood legends to life. By the end, they feel like friends.
With West of Sunset, one brilliant American novelist has taken on another... big-hearted and fascinating.
[He] brings depth and tenderness to the awkward love affair between Fitzgerald and the gossip columnist Sheilah Graham.
Mail on Sunday
One of the most purely enjoyable novels of the year.
A.V. Club, best books of 2015
West of Sunset focuses on these last, darkly difficult years, folding in details of Fitzgerald's life with subtle, unhurried sympathy. The result is a fine portrait of grace under pressure and moral courage.
This short book packs a heavy punch...one of the best novels I have read this year.
[A] simple, quiet story, told with emotional depth and elegance.
A sharply written and atmospheric rendering of life in the Jewish underground in post-war Jerusalem.
I've been a Stewart O'Nan fan since his very first novel, and never more so than with his latest. In City of Secrets, O'Nan takes his mastery of language and depth of character in a fresh direction: a richly nuanced suspense novel, set in an immensely intriguing post-war Jerusalem. A remarkable book.Chris Pavone
Stewart O'Nan's City of Secrets will keep you up all night reading - what a beautifully crafted novel.Alan Furst
City of Secrets is, by inclination and design, quiet and finite, but its impact is deceptively large because O'Nan has something that can't be taught to a writer - and can indeed be unlearned by talented writers: the gift of authenticity. You'll rarely catch O'Nan being an author. You'll simply feel his story rolling past you, in the manner of an old Peugeot.
Enthralling... a clear-eyed and unsentimental look at an astonishing slice of history.
Finely wrought and morally complex, O'Nan's considerable story-telling powers are masterfully deployed here. With deft strokes, he evokes the tensions and tragedies of Mandate Jerusalem, riven then as now by the fault lines of community and conscience.Geraldine Brooks
To Stewart O'Nan's 15 previous, omniform novels we can now add the excellent City of Secrets, a little jewel, wonderfully sparse, moody and uneasy, reminiscent of the delicious, frayed-collar noir of le Carré's The Spy Who Came In From the Cold.
New York Times Book Review
A book that embodies what's best in us.Stephen King
A delightful heartbreaker of a novel . . . Exquisite.
O'Nan crafts a perfectly observed slice of working-class life.
A masterful portrait.
The Washington Post Book World
[A] deeply perceptive and observant little book, 140 pages that pack a bigger punch than all those 600 page tomes.