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Gregory BeyerThe author's finest and most subtle accomplishment…is to capture the insular nature of small colleges. Like so many schools, Hampshire is a laboratory of self-mythologizing, where preserved and embellished campus legends filter down through the years, forging students' identities with a place and group of people that will define their time at school, yet carry almost no currency outside its protective walls. Rushfield expertly and tragicomically exaggerates his characters' inward fear and fragility; graduation, like death, will one day come knocking.
—The New York Times