Emily Cheney Neville Zena Sutherland - Essay

Zena Sutherland

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Fogarty] has the candor and realism of the author's Newbery winner, It's Like This, Cat …, with a protagonist who is like so many of today's young adults, but no formula situations. The characterizations, not only of Fog but of all the minor characters, is magnificent. (p. 72)

Zena Sutherland, in Saturday Review (© 1969 by Saturday Review, Inc.; reprinted with permission), November 8, 1969.

When first met [in Fogarty] loafing in front of Malone's garage in Wilbur Flats, Dan Fogarty, twenty-three, college graduate and law school drop-out, is the "town flop"—as he caustically informs a preacher who, like his old schoolteacher, the retired idlers and almost everyone, would have him be something…. The scenes in and around the garage smack of early Saroyan—the same people stopping by to get gas and bandy Big Ideas, Fog and the preacher peppering each other with Biblical quotations; then we're in the East Village, where Fog sleeps with a self-protective waif, senses the futile drift, sees his play flop. (Oddly, this man who chose to confound Wilbur Flats seems wholly a child in New York.)… There's a little obscenity, plus the bedding of Yetta, but this isn't a children's book anyhow, just an adult bind without adult dimension. (p. 1203)

Kirkus Reviews (copyright © 1969 The Kirkus Service, Inc.), November 15, 1969.