Not since Peyton Place has there been such a merciless exposé of the American experience in all its beauty, fragility, and raw brutal ugliness. Set in the mid-60s in a small town just starting to experience the horror of the Vietnam War, this powerful character-driven novella incorporates all the archetypes: the loving parent, the bully, the simple minded fool, the one who is asleep, the guilty, the angry, the vengeful, the innocent. Each page draws us in, each scene brings us closer to the inevitable final disaster while Jeffrey Miller, ruthlessly in charge of everyone’s fate, presides over our emotions as he decides who will pay the ultimate price for humanity. A literary triumph and a page turner!

Boston Literary Magazine