Reviewer Dana Norris praises the writing throughout:
“The essays provide various and fascinating points of entry. The worst restaurant in the world; a mural painted by prisoners in New Orleans; a young girl’s hair; the birth of his third child; King Lear; and a marble image of Stalin’s face rumored to reside at the bottom of the Vltava are all used as ways into Katrovas’ life story.”
“He interrogates himself and others, pushing forward, searching for meaning, attempting to use language to tease out truths that cannot be easily spoken. . . . He will all of a sudden rush directly toward his subject with a passage so poetic and deeply felt that it cuts to the heart.”
“He does not spare himself, or us, from hard questions. How did he become a professor of poetry when he, by all statistics, should have gone to jail as his father did? How did he father such exceptional young women when he’s unsure of how to comport himself wholly and honestly with the opposite sex? How can he account for the social injustice present in our systems of government and education?”
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