Books: Eliza Crosses Main Street

THE VOICES OF GLORY (469 pp.)—Dovis Grubb—Scribner ($5.95).

Glory is a small town in West Virginia; Glory's voices are those of its citizens, living and dead. One by one they speak to the reader in eerie, faceless confrontation, telling their stories and the story of the novel's heroine, an embattled Public Health Service nurse named Marcy Cresap.

The year is 1928, and Marcy is up before a local court on a charge of practicing medicine without a license. No one can speak of the trial without bitter emotion; Marcy has fought disease with a fanatic's...

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