Books: A Prayer for Raphael Noren

THE TONGUES OF ANGELS by Reynolds Price; Atheneum; 192 pages; $17.95

Those shopping for a philosophy of life could do no better than to look to the works of Reynolds Price. Since his 1962 debut with A Long and Happy Life, the elegant North Carolina novelist and poet has been examining the eternal puzzle of families as they love and hurt one another, come together and burst apart. The unlucky ones are beset by betrayal and murder and suicide. The lucky ones are brought to the brink of destruction but through grace and common sense find a way to live in...

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