After a long descriptive introduction that even Sir Walter Scott might have found a bit leisurely, The Sisters Materassi is a brillant examination of … the symbiosis of emotional relationships….
The moral insight in Mr. Palazzeschi's book does not result from the fact that he writes of a society rich in moral insight. His stodgy, unintrospective, provincial characters are moral enough …; but they would never understand the compassionate, sophisticated, humorous breadth of view he brings to bear upon their situation. The Sisters Materassi derives its stature from its author, as, in the end, all novels must. (p. xvi)
Paul Pickrel, in The Yale Review (© 1953 by Yale University; reprinted by permission of the editors), Autumn, 1953.