"...[an] excellent historical coming-of-age novel set at the dawn of the American Civil War ... Wait (Finest Kind) skillfully weaves the strands together in a fast-paced and authentic tale. It’s a fascinating look at small-town life during a pivotal moment in American history, made all the more believable by Joe’s easy, affable narration and Wait’s drawing on actual people (including Joe) and events."
"A worthy and entertaining trip back through time."
"This is a novel where the intervening centuries slip away, leaving prescience and promise with the overwhelming demands of now."
–Celia McGee, The Center for Fiction
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"This is a quick, exciting, well-researched read (based upon actual, real people), and the author does an excellent job of layering in the historical detail needed to understand the story without resorting to info dumps or awkward dialogue exchanges."