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This is a very charming book from a writer who can actually write—surprising. The prose does not come from the usual cookie-cutter Creative Writing class school of blandness. It is about coming of age in an America that has almost disappeared: that of the WASP bourgeois whose values ruled America from the country's beginnings certainly up to the 1990s, when other values came in, such as a belief in the goodness of diversity. Teddy Chase, the son of a doctor fairly down on his luck and socially ...more