They Came Like Swallows (Modern Library)
a small midwestern town, and the events are seen from the perspective, in turn, of eight-year-old Peter Morison--called Bunny: of his older brother, Robert: and of their father. They are witnesses to a domestic tragedy that is written with beauty and a quite magnificent tenderness.
William Maxwell has been described by The Washington Post as ':one of America's most distinguished and distinctive stylists.': John Updike has said that ':Maxwell's voice is one of the wisest in American fiction: it
is, as well, one of the kindest.': The Times Literary Supplement declares
that ':Maxwell offers us scrupulously executed, moving landscapes of America's twentieth century, and they do not fade.': The Saturday Review said,':They Came Like Swallows is one of those rare tales in which child-hood is reflected in the simplicity and intensity of its own experience.':
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