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Death of The Black-Haired Girl

DEATH OF THE BLACK-HAIRED GIRL Robert Stone

DEATH OF THE BLACK-HAIRED GIRL Robert Stone

B+

Death of the Black-Haired Girl

Genre: Fiction; Author: Robert Stone; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

If you’ve never read Stone, this is not the place to start — I know that because it’s the place where I started. Death of the Black-Haired Girl concerns a callous college professor having an affair with a fiery, loose-cannon student. When he dumps her, some big dominoes start falling, thanks to class rage, the politics of morality, and assorted other fixtures of the American landscape. The novel is unsettling and tightly wrought — and a worthy cautionary tale about capital-C consequences — but it feels minor. As for the plot: Other authors have left their footprints here already. I know Stone to be a Writer of Significance, so this is not what I was expecting. I’m off to buy a copy of Dog Soldiers. B+

Originally posted January 8 2014 — 12:00 AM EST

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