Books: Southern Discomfort

THE LOVED AND THE UNLOVED (248 pp.) —Thomas Hal Phillips—Harper ($3).

The practitioners of the sorghum and shotgun school of fiction usually start with two advantages: their general grimness, a quality of mind sympathetic to critics; the fact that they follow red clay paths already cleared for the public by William Faulkner and Erskine Caldwell. These advantages may make Southerner Phillips' fourth novel a success.

The hero is a sharecropper's son named Max Harper, a simple, violent, yet good-hearted fellow with a clubfoot. He falls in love with the landlord's daughter and develops an...

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