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Leah Hager Cohen…a densely stitched crazy quilt of a story that spans more than 60 years (from 1946 to 2008) and borrows from the conventions of a wealth of genres—not only tall tale but also historical novel, oral history, magical realism, bildungsroman, epic and soap. Everything about this book feels oversized, overstuffed. The prose style itself pays homage to variety, veering from folksy to Socratic to exclamatory to echolalic…on the whole there's a lusciousness to all the excess, an egalitarian sensibility in keeping with the most quintessential aspects of American mythology.
—The New York Times