Books: Echoing Epics

A GENEROUS MAN by Reynolds Price. 275 pages. Afheneum. $4.95.

" 'Milo, son?' Emma Mustian spoke from the foot of the steps for the third time that morning, still not raising her voice, trusting her natural power to wake him. But it had not and did not.

It was Saturday, no school and Milo was dreaming, and because he so rarely dreamed—waking or sleeping—he clung to it now, her his dream, like money smuggled into his head, chest, hips and abandoned there, sudden and perilous."

Milo is a 15-year-old North Carolina farm boy who has only...

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