A slim collection of four-fifths perfection. In the improbably beautiful ”Jolene: A Life,” the masterful 73-year-old author of Ragtime manages to obliterate white-trash cliches with the affecting tale of an orphaned, strawberry-haired teen who bounces from tattoo parlors to stripping poles and divorce court. An award-winning highlight, it stands only a bit above three other mini-masterworks concerning a fumbled kidnapping, a religious cult, and a frontier mother and son. Gracefully mordant and frequently heart-churning, these stories are worth the steep price of a book that’s a mere 147 pages. The only miss is the final ”Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden,” a pseudo-topical political conspiracy yarn as clunky as its title.
Sweet Land Stories A slim collection of four-fifths perfection. In the improbably beautiful ''Jolene: A Life,'' the masterful 73-year-old author of Ragtime manages to...Sweet Land StoriesFictionE.L. Doctorow A slim collection of four-fifths perfection. In the improbably beautiful ''Jolene: A Life,'' the masterful 73-year-old author of Ragtime manages to...2004-05-07
Genre: Fiction; Author: E.L. Doctorow
Posted May 7 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
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