The Stones of Summer In last spring's well-reviewed documentary "Stone Reader," Mark Moskowitz went in search of Mossman, who disappeared from the literary scene after "Stones," his one and… Fiction
Book Review

The Stones of Summer (Fall 2003)

Details Writer: Dow Mossman; Genre: Fiction

In last spring's well-reviewed documentary ''Stone Reader,'' Mark Moskowitz went in search of Mossman, who disappeared from the literary scene after ''Stones,'' his one and only novel, was published to some acclaim in 1972. Though Moskowitz's film is a stirring exploration of the impact of books on readers, its inspiration (now reissued by retailer-turned-publisher Barnes & Noble) is an acquired taste. The dense coming-of-age story follows Dawes Oldham Williams, a sensitive 8-year-old in 1950s Iowa who becomes a disillusioned adult in Mexico struggling to maintain his sanity. In 581 impenetrable pages, there's no shortage of lyrical exposition or monotonous pretension. No wonder Moskowitz couldn't get through ''Stones'' till a quarter century after he bought a copy.

Originally posted Nov 07, 2003 Published in issue #736 Nov 07, 2003 Order article reprints
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