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The first thing to be said about this intriguing historical novel is that it ranks high among the “must read” list of debut works.

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Among the many different cultural subsets in New York City, there is a group of food elitists.

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There are novels that force a reviewer to remember: It’s a big wide world and everyone has different tastes. Not every reader likes the same books I do. Fair enough.

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“riveting, finely wrought . . . not . . . easily forgotten . . .”

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“The Sympathizer has much to recommend it. . . . a serious examination of the tenuous line between civilization and barbarism.”

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“That such a young author writes so well in his debut novel seems miraculous.

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If a typical plot structure is and then, and then, and then, Jennifer Close’s plot in Girls in White Dresses might be described as and again, and again, and again, and again.

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