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Carolyn SeeTaken on its own terms, this novel contains a fascinating collection of Southern customs. Its use of dialect is spare and elegant; original language trumps the predictable plot at each moment, so that even when the doctor allows as how he (duh!) loves both women in his life, we can appreciate how nicely these banalities are addressed. And, of course, male readers will recognize and sympathize with the doctor's timeless dilemma.
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