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Benjamin Anastas’ New Memoir Draws Praise in New York Times

Dec 21, 2012

Undergraduate and MFA faculty member Benjamin Anastas' new memoir, Too Good to Be True—about having and losing it all, both in literature and life— “is smart and honest and searching,” raved one New York Times review, “…so plaintive and raw that most writers (and many readers) will finish it with heart palpitations.”

Added another Times review: “What lifts this memoir from good to outstanding is that the humor and the darkness are merely a patina. Under the irony there is no irony. Under the panic lies a remorseful heart, a fierce hope, a steady determination to figure it out and become a better person.”

Anastas discussed the book in a recent interview with the literary website IdentityTheory.com.