This is a retrospective narrative, part history and part where-they-are-now. It’s an important and difficult story to tell. Difficult, it seems to us, because of its complexity and nuance. Mundy takes on both the task of filling us in on what happened decades ago and that of piecing together the effect of the school closings on the people who were students at the time. We liked the tone she strikes: It’s both grave and folksy, leisurely and engaging.

Read “Making Up for Lost Time,” by Liza Mundy

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