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Posted July 13, 2013
Guinn's novel, a sure contender for the P.E.N. Award, is a brill
Guinn's novel, a sure contender for the P.E.N. Award, is a brilliant exploration of what we once characterized as the sins of the fathers--in this case the terrible costs of slavery. But the slave at the heart of this story (in a series of artfully managed flashbacks to the era when Sherman's troops burned Columbia, SC) is a Django more plausible than the recently popular movie character. Guinn's eye for the hypocrisies with which accountability is dodged or postponed in the American present is unerring. This is a taut tale, told with great economy and the more powerful for it. In the grand tradition of Faulkner, a story set in the south offers abundant insight into the human condition.
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