"What makes Jenkin’s characters so engaging is...their bizarre areas of expertise, which has the effect of creating an underbelly of self-made men and women, a university of home-grown native geniuses, not to mention frauds, phonies, shysters and snake-oil salesmen. It is the America that Jenkin has reveled in throughout his career. But it is not that of the cute outsider or the naïf with home-grown smarts. These characters are, like many Americans, plain people who’ve known hard luck and have made the best of their circumstances. It is their humanity that gives them color and depth, and the writing ranges from downright brutality to some touchingly humane moments." 
-- Gary Winter, Brooklyn Rail



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