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Jonathan YardleyIt rises far above private memoir. It is a vivid recreation of a lost time and place, and a quite unsparingly candid portrait of a marriage in disarray. There is a great deal of dialogue in it, leaving the reader to wonder how much is accurately recollected and how much is invented, but this doesn't really matter. For one thing, memoir is as much a creative art as fiction—at least in the hands of gifted, imaginative writers—and for another, Golden Boy rings true from first page to last.
—The Washington Post