"...Doyon, who lives in Maine, has written several young-adult series. She bridges the gap from youth to maturity with intelligence and sensitivity. Robert could easily be a cartoonishly nice boy, but Doyon shows, with humor and heartbreak, how his motivations for his good works are much more complex than simple kindness. Francis could easily have an epiphany to turn his life around at any point, but in this surprisingly substantial story, he has to struggle long and hard to create the life he truly wants. One situation after another feels distressingly real.
In seemingly small circumstances, Robert and Francis often face large questions such as: What happens when you spend your life yearning to be something you're not? How do you decide what is truly important to you? How do you navigate the only universe you know?
With a compassionate wisdom that approaches that of Anne Tyler, Doyon unearths troubling truths from simple lives. It takes clear vision to merge humor with heartbreak, and she possesses it.
'The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole' is a rare first novel with enough depth to make you feel a bit wistful as you approach the last page, and that's one of the most enjoyable forms of melancholy there is."
Causes Stephanie Doyon Supports
Accelerated Cure Project