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Abbott CombesShreve is a novelist who has approached her story with a reporter's eye. She has done her research on polio and Warm Springs, weaving the history of this once-dread disease unobtrusively into her own. But it is the due diligence she has done on her own young self—re-examining the girl she was from the perspective of the woman she has become ("the truth of this story is in the way I see it now") and fitting that girl back into a time and a place a half-century gone—that distinguishes Warm Springs from so many of the vertical-pronoun bores arriving at bookstores these days.
—The New York Times