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.
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.
Stewart O'Nan loves us and forgives us and watches us when we aren't looking. And he has given us this big, fine, openhearted book in which the inner and outer lives of a family come together, with depth and art.Amy Bloom
An unflinching portrait of an American family that's remarkable for its precision, intelligence, and heart. You will not soon forget these people.Richard Russo
[O'Nan's] finest and deepest novel to date.
New York Times Book Review
Offers a stark and brilliantly mesmerising glimpse into the lives of the Maxwells, the most aggressively average American family this side of The Corrections.
Los Angeles Times