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Library Journal Review: Best known for her poetry (e.g., Manderley) and as the founder of both Fence Magazine and Fence Books, Wolff applies her lyrical dexterity with precision in her debut novel. Set in Wick, MA, the story unfolds around young Ginger Pritt’s relationship with her family; her best friend, Cherry; the town’s newest residents, flashy Theo and Raquel Motherwell; and the town’s historical role in witch trials in the late 1600s. Wolff weaves the historical narrative of the town into Ginger’s understanding of the modern forms of power she must overcome in her maturation into womanhood. As a corollary, the supernatural elements in the story are used as a form of empowerment for the female protagonist—her life might be a little more magical than her mundane surroundings would suggest. This is a quick read, but the simple prose and linear plot conceal a more complex subject. VERDICT Wolff’s debut novel is an entertaining coming-of-age story, illuminating heroic femininity experienced in everyday life. This novel will appeal to readers who enjoyed Donna Tartt’s The Little Friend or Goldberry Long’s Juniper Tree Burning.—Joshua Finnell, Denison Univ. Lib., Granville, OH
As usual for Krakauer, this book is a quick and engaging read. Pat Tillman's story is compelling, inspiring, and often horrifying. There where times, particularly early on in the book, that I felt that Krakauer was a bit of a Tillman worshiper, but this balances out as the book progresses. (This is similar to Into Thin Air.) For me, the many shocking portrayals of the government's actions in the Afghan and Iraqi wars was the most damning thing that I have read in a while. Recommended.