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'“Auchincloss is not a cheerleader for his class but a patient unraveler of problems that are far from class-specific.” —The Weekly Standard “[Auchingloss’s] sense of irony is sharper than ever.” —The New York Daily News “Writing with grace and perception . . . Each story is a mini masterpiece impeccably crafted and imaginatively told.” —Amazon.com “A subtly unified social history.” —The Seattle Times “10 highly nuanced portraits.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “There isn’t a dud among the dozen stories.” —The Wall Street Journal “Auchincloss is urbane, humourous [sic], and somewhat ironic in his storytelling, making this collection a treat to read.” —Library Journal “Auchincloss digs deep below the surface and delivers emotional and memorable portraits.” —Book Magazine “Once again, he lives up to his reputation as one of our great men of letters.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “The high society that Louis Auchincloss writes about is Chekhovian.” —Los Angeles Times “Readers are drawn along to discover the calculations that are required to maintain the polished surfaces of the characters’ lives.” —Booklist, ALA “[Auchincloss] voices his characters with a precision and care almost unheard of in a sloppy age.” —Kirkus Reviews'