Reviewers Praise for The Long Light
of Those Days . . .
marvelous memory for detail
is well matched by a gift
for prose that is both elegant and unpretentious
Coffins memories document our changing
.His memoir is a priceless, first-person
an immersion in the kind of community weve
all but lost:: a time and place when the most important experience
we shared was each other.
William Craig, Woodstock Magazine
may be specific to a man and a town, yet it feels universal,
not unlike Russell Bakers memoir Growing Up. Anyone
who loves the singular character of Vermont will enjoy Coffins
Deborah Straw, Vermont Life magazine
Coffin writes elegantly and endearingly
of the people who lived in his town
what emerges in his
pages is a community where people genuinely did care for their
neighbors and looked out for one another.
Louis Berney, Vermont Sunday Magazine (Rutland
Herald/Barre Times Argus)
throughout this wonderful book that the long light of those
days does still reach Coffin, and with a remarkable clarity
you grew up in small town America,
this book will draw
.This beautifully written book
Chuck Gunderson, The Vermont Standard
This is a story of a boy and a historical
.The charm of entering another era
compensation for putting up with the anxious present.
Dan Mackie, The Valley News
Memory becomes inspiration in
Bruce Coffins lovely and moving rescue operation for
a lost American world. He builds a surprisingly sturdy footbridgeshimmering,
light-filledacross the abyss of time.
Edward Hirsch, poet, author, and President of the
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation