Barbara Wersba GEORGESS McHARGUE

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GEORGESS McHARGUE

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

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I believe the butler, the dogs, the tragicomic trials of being young, male and short [in The Carnival in My Mind]. But can I believe a mother who literally doesn't notice when her kid moves out for a period of months? And can I believe a physically normal adolescent boy who daily shares a bed with a beautiful female without once having "anything happen"? Similarly skeptical readers will wish Harvey's carnival were one in which the games weren't rigged. (p. 63)

Georgess McHargue, "Coming of Age," in The New York Times Book Review, November 14, 1982, pp. 48, 63.∗