"Hirsch's dry, understated humor and his subtly charming characters, who are willing to put up with one another's foibles and eccentricities, however annoying, for the sake of friendship. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The scion of a once-prominent, wealthy family, Hector Bell engages in ingenious bartering and wishful thinking to support his wife and sons, Cyrus and Darius, on the decaying estate, while he writes stories no one wants to read.
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