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THE TAILGATE by Elin Hilderbrand

The Tailgate is a short story set in the 1980s as a prequel to Hilderbrand’s upcoming present-day novel, The Matchmaker (June 24, Little, Brown). In the beginning, a few things slowed my enthusiasm: Hilderbrand is so skilled at capturing the nuances of marriage and adulthood, of playing with the complications that come with a mature life, it feels like her hands are tied writing such young characters. Dabney is incredibly fragile, and it’s irritating. But  just when I’m thinking this story doesn’t have any teeth – bam! It got me. Dabney Kimball and Clendenin Hughes have been inseparable since freshman year of high school “the same person in two different bodies.”  Now they are at Harvard and Yale respectively, and [...]