Books: Invisible Men

CIVIL WARS by Rosellen Brown Knopf; 400 pages; $16.95

Teddy Carll, an idealistic white Mississippian, was a hero of the civil rights marches in the '60s who nearly died when his car was run off the road by enraged rednecks. Did die, clinically, the legend has it; doctors brought him back from beyond the edge. Should have died, probably; his life since then has been a washout. This is not because of his injuries, which left a facial scar but did no other permanent damage. It is because, as Novelist Rosellen Brown sketches him, he...

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