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Susan Coll…quirky, amusing…Culturally and geographically, Hedges is a long way from the small Iowa town of his breakthrough 1991 debut, What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Yet the author brings with him a similarly earnest Midwestern sensibility, which is what's most notable about this book. There's a surprising and possibly refreshing lack of cynicism here. If you like your male-driven domestic novels dark (think Tom Perrotta's Little Children, or more recently Jess Walter's The Financial Lives of the Poets), The Heights may lack bite. But if you've had enough suburban nihilism, Hedges brightens things up, even if his conclusions are not all sweetness and light.
—The Washington Post