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Thirty UmrigarCleage takes an impartial, nonjudgmental stance toward her characters, even blurring the lines between right and wrong. Does Blue Hamilton's self-righteousness make him a good man, for instance? Can protecting his subjects justify murder? Cleage doesn't tell us what she thinks. Just as we're getting ready to settle into reading the book as a simple morality tale, she pulls out something complex by having one of her most poignant characters meet with a horrifying end. It is the sign of a writer's belief in her material, her authority over her characters and her confidence in her readers.
— The Washington Post