Suzanne Ruta
September 24, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mourning Doves

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Judy Troy
genre
Fiction, Short Stories

We gave it a B+

MOURNING DOVES Judy Troy (Scribner’s, $20) Judy Troy’s stories are like country music: sometimes tart, sometimes predictable, but always about love, loss, and the pain of moving on. Progressing from an early skittish minimalism to a novelist’s confident expansiveness in the final stories, she writes about waitresses, construction workers, and pubescent teens trapped in dead-end jobs, trailer parks, prison cells, or their own underdeveloped bodies. If romance fails, family love and courage endure. The mood is never quiet desperation but, as in country music, just ”a little healthy sadness.” B+ -Suzanne Ruta

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