And it's hard to put a finger on exactly what I liked about it. Perhaps it was the simple writing, its honesty, his way of telling things as they are. Perhaps it was the surprising events of Wolff's childhood, which made me want to read more of his work.
Perhaps it was the genius of lines such as these:
"When we are green, still half-created, we believe that our dreams are rights, that the world is disposed to act in our best interests, and that falling and dying are for quitters. We live on the innocent and monstrous assurance that we alone, of all the people ever born, have a special arrangement whereby we will be allowed to stay green forever."