Jeff Giles
July 24, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Divining Blood

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Maureen McCoy
publisher
Poseidon Press
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Strife on the Mississippi. Delana Mae Walsh, a prodigal daughter, returns home after spending seven years working on a river barge. Her homecoming dredges up all sorts of unusual family secrets and sorrows. In Divinig Blood, McCoy tackles outsize themes, but in individual scenes she also proves herself a superb miniaturist. At times her prose is sluggish and overwrought, but elsewhere it can be wonderfully evocative. Divining Blood is an old-fashioned novel that wonders aloud whether blood really is thicker than water. A-

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