Books: Country Joys

VILLAGE TALE—Phil Stong—Harcourt, Brace ($2).

"Woman's place is the home, and I could tell you which room." So says an unrepentant old sinner in Author Stong's latest bucolic melodrama. But the actions of Village Tale's unashamed characters speak even louder than their pungent words. This highly colored tale of country wickedness will, like State Fair and Stranger's Return, find a welcome in Hollywood.

To outward appearances, the biggest thing that ever happened in Brunswick, Iowa was the daily arrival of the 6:45, which sometimes came in on time. But plenty of other excitement went on just below the surface. Drury. the town...

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