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Dean BakopoulosIn the Detroit native Brad Leithauser's sixth novel, The Art Student's War, set in the mid-20th-century Motor City, there is a fair amount of hazy, somber nostalgia, but there's also a sweeping, multilayered and ultimately beautiful story about one woman's search for authenticity, community and passion in a city that once promised so much and now produces so little…this is a skillful novel. Often Leithauser's books are brilliant but not quite accessible; but The Art Student's War is straightforward and engaging. In fact, it is one of the finest novels about Detroit's history to come along in years. With its generous and cleareyed vision of the city's grand past, it will particularly resonate with readers who remember the glory days of the American Rust Belt.
—The New York Times