Books: Ambushes

LAST STANDS by Hilary Masters Godine; 210 pages; $14.95

Author Hilary Masters begins his memoir with two endings. First, his maternal grandfather is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in June 1954, just a month shy of his 94th birthday. And then Hilary's father, Poet Edgar Lee Masters, is interred in Illinois four years earlier, at age 82. This narrative order runs counter to chronology, of course, but it remains true to the odd regressions of memory, that domain where the last events are most recent and hence preludes to all that went before....

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