Books: People Who Live in the Shade

OLD POWDER MAN by Joan Williams. 312 pages. Harcourt, Brace & World. $5.95.

Tennessean Joan Williams grew up in one of those recesses of the Old South where life resists change. Her first novel, The Morning and the Evening, was laid on just such fertile literary ground, and it established her as one of the most promising among the new group of Southern novelists (TIME, May 19, 1961). Old Powder Man, her second, keeps the promise.

Her story is simple to the point of artlessness. It is scarcely a story at all. The book follows the course of Frank Wynn, the Powder...

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