Abundant with the complexities and contradictions of family sympathy…First-rate autobiography, conscientious and intimate….It is as lucid and complicated…as a good novel."
— John Irving, The New York Times Book Review
"An enormously moving story of familial love and hate and coming-of-age…No man can finish this book without resolving to take stock of his relationship with his own father….The claim on the reader is very large indeed."
"Beautifully written…rich in anecdote…resonant with conflicting emotions, from adoration to anger, from gratitude to guilt, from pride to pity."
— Village Voice