Dispute leaves author puzzled

Russell Banks can\'t understand why some parents of Canandaigua Academy students objected to the use of his book, \"The Sweet Hereafter\", in English classes.

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\"\"Anybody who picks up a paper and reads about the priest being indicted for pedophilia knows this goes on, and to pretend it doesn\'t, is to lie. It\'s the same thing with drug abuse, domestic violence and school bus accidents and then the question becomes, \'How do you deal with that?\' To some degree, everyone has to deal with these issues more or less.\"

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