Westphal’s voice drifts assuredly between the plainspoken and the lyrical in a buoyant, unpretentious style still able to achieve moments of brilliance. Kirkus Reviews
I so enjoyed your first book --- I couldn’t put it down. Gertrude Barnstone
Rich with personal and historical detail and sparkling with clear and concise diction . . . an earlier and simpler America . . . Larry D. Thomas (2008 Texas Poet Laureate)

Readers' Reactions From Amazon

This guy can write.
Do yourself a favor and buy this book . . . I firmly believe this is a book that should be read by all!
Particularly delightful are the colorful descriptions of fishing in Arkansas. I highly recommend this . . . You won’t be disappointed by the author’s unique writing style – part narrative, part prose, part poetry.
Mr. Westphal’s writing style is pleasing and relaxing . . .

A last word from Kirkus Reviews:

An accomplished, lyrical portrait of a locality over several generations.