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Kevin Canty…beautifully written…The chapters are brief, inferential, cut short by other chapters and other viewpoints in a lovely start-stop movement that advances the plot quickly. And the writing is a marvel of concision and exactitude throughout…Caribou Island reads as briskly and suggestively as a story sequence…but lingers in the mind with the gravity and heft of a longer narrative. Its interplay of incident and character gives it the feel of a 19th-century novel on the grand scale, only without any particular grandeur: this is a novel made of plywood and plastic sheeting and gravel banks, a world where people make out in the snow on bleachers at the go-kart track.
—The New York Times