Books: Small Puddle

JEHOVAH BLUES (282 pp.)—Marguerite Steen—Doubleday ($3.50).

In 1941, Novelist Marguerite Steen punched out a 2¼-lb., 1,015-page bundle of picaresque entitled The Sun Is My Undoing. It was all about a lusty, highly unprincipled family named Flood, who built up a tidy 18th-century fortune in the slave trade, and it sold more than 600,000 copies in all editions. Three years ago, in Twilight on the Floods, Author Steen brought the family up to the late 19th century, and showed them ebbing into downright respectability. Now, in Jehovah Blues, she puts a short and almost dispirited postscript to the story; the Floods have evaporated...

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