Books: High Water

THE FORTUNE TELLERS (442 pp.)—Berry Fleming—Lippincott ($3.75).

Homer's description of Ithaca as the home of Odysseus has kept classical scholars puzzling for centuries to reconcile his landmarks with the topography of that small Ionian island. Berry Fleming's Fredericksville, Ga. scene of The Fortune Tellers presents no such problems of identification: the place is plainly Augusta, with its Broad Street, its Confederate Monument and its levee against the Savannah River. But this will be no news to Augustans; many of them have grown casehardened to their fellow citizen's revelations in thin fictional disguise (Colonel...

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