Books: Breathing City

MARIA LIGHT (181 pp.)—Lester Goran —Houghton Mifflin ($3.50).

Ben Light was a big Irishman who lived in a mining town outside Pittsburgh and sold moonshine during the Depression for 20 a full shot no color and 25¢ colored yellow. The law never got him. but he turned from a laughing, joyful man into a bitter man when a malignant tumor grew in his knee. That was not what actually killed him. He was hit by lightning and three men carried him home dead. The bank foreclosed on his widow a few months later, and she...

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