THE PLANTATION (217 pp.)Ovid Williams PierceDoubleday ($3).
When a Southern novel rolls off the presses, it is an odds-on bet that
it will land either in the dark bog of Gothic violence or in the
moonlit magnolia patch. Ovid Williams Pierce's The Plantation does
neither; it is a first novel of grace, style and quiet excellence.
The Plantation's hero, Ed Ruffin, is a dying man, and as he waits for
the end, friends and relations spin the web of his life out of their
memories. It has been the kind of life that gets lived a great deal
oftener than it gets written...
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