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Janet MaslinWe tried very hard to be proud of our school," remarks one of Mr. Robinson's narrators, even though Point Allison is a place where a moose winds up being executed in the middle of a soccer game.
As it establishes the geographical and socioeconomic landscapes of Port Allison (where privileged interlopers and hardscrabble year-round residents make an uneasy mix) Officer Friendly defines its psychic turf as well. This is a place where people come to change, to reflect, to test their mettle. Very often, in Mr. Robinson's tight, barbed, menacing, yet also humorous tales, they do all three.
— New York Times