Death of the Black-Haired Girl 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… Death of the Black-Haired Girl 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… 2013-11-12 Fiction Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Book Review

Death of The Black-Haired Girl (2013)

DEATH OF THE BLACK-HAIRED GIRL Robert Stone
DEATH OF THE BLACK-HAIRED GIRL Robert Stone
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 12, 2013; Writer: Robert Stone; Genre: Fiction; 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 Jan 02, 2014 Published in issue #1293 Jan 10, 2014 Order article reprints