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Maggie GalehouseDaugherty deftly captures the narrator's conflict - now at an age where he wants to assert his own political views, his uncomplicated, childlike respect for his grandfather is thrown into question. At the close of the story, looking back on those days, the narrator ruefully acknowledges his penchant for "insisting on symmetry and balance, even when they're hard to find. That is to say, I wanted Harry's life to be one straight line."
— The New York Times