Being Henry David Reviews
"Starred Review. Hank earns sympathy and respect from readers, but Armistead doesn't let him off easy. Rescue is not an option, but Thoreau's spare words, focusing on what truly matters, lighten the darkness. This compelling, suspenseful debut, a tough-love riff on guilt, forgiveness and redemption, asks hard questions to which there are no easy answers." - Kirkus
"Armistead can go over the top at times - her New York City is almost cartoonishly violent and one-dimensional - but Hank's personal tragedies are touching, as are his interactions with everyone from street kids Jack and Nessa to the more sedate citizens of Concord. His quests for answers and redemption should easily engage readers. Ages 13up." - Publishers Weekly
"Armistead paints a poignant yet gritty tale, capturing the heart of people with a few crafted words. He establishes the various worlds within New York City, Maine, and Concord, Massachusetts, with a deftness that would not be expected from a debut novelist." - Blog Critics
"Being Henry David is an extremely good book with a unique situation on hand. Cal Armistead brings the best of her abilities to the table, well paper, to bring these characters alive." - Teen Ink, Editor's Choice Review
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