Books: Turnip

THE SURE HAND OF GOD (243 pp.)—Erskine Caldwell — DuelI, Sloan & Pearce ($2.75).

The godless little acre of squalor and lechery staked out by Novelist Erskine Caldwell has been tilled to exhaustion (Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre, Tragic Ground). But Caldwell still goes on. His latest harvest is an unappetizing literary turnip called The Sure Hand of God.

In the sociology of Southern degeneracy, his "hangdog and hookworm" set have become boring stock types. There is, for example, Molly, who "was not the kind who would think of drawing a line between a married...

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