Reviewers’ Praise for The Long Light of Those Days . . .

“Coffin’s marvelous memory for detail…is well matched by a gift for prose that is both elegant and unpretentious….A Yankee Proust,…Coffin’s memories document our changing national identity….His memoir is a priceless, first-person history…an immersion in the kind of community we’ve all but lost:: a time and place when the most important experience we shared was each other.”
—William Craig, Woodstock Magazine

“This memoir may be specific to a man and a town, yet it feels universal, not unlike Russell Baker’s memoir Growing Up. Anyone who loves the singular character of Vermont will enjoy Coffin’s book.”
—Deborah Straw, Vermont Life magazine

“…nostalgic but enlightening…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)

“It’s obvious throughout this wonderful book that the long light of those days does still reach Coffin, and with a remarkable clarity….If you grew up in small town America, … this book will draw you in….This beautifully written book…reaches all of us.”
—Chuck Gunderson, The Vermont Standard

“This is a story of a boy and a historical snapshot….The charm of entering another era…is our compensation for putting up with the anxious present.”
—Dan Mackie, The Valley News

“Memory becomes inspiration in Bruce Coffin’s lovely and moving rescue operation for a lost American world. He builds a surprisingly sturdy footbridge—shimmering, light-filled—across the abyss of time.”
—Edward Hirsch, poet, author, and President of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation