Books: Spring Cleaning

GERONIMO REX by Barry Hannah. 337 pages. Viking. $7.95.

Like many novels about growing up absurd, Geronimo Rex is both a romantic retreat and a sharp, satirical attack on convention. It is the story of young Harriman Monroe, who lives in Dream of Pines, La., a little bit of Southern heaven stripped of its timber by a few paper companies. It is a place where old mules and dogs can park themselves in a House Beautiful driveway to die, and where the black principal of a segregated school turns out the greatest high school marching...

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