Rich in Love

Josephine Humphreys, Author Viking Books $16.95 (261p) ISBN 978-0-670-81810-5
The second, intensely engaging novel by the author of Dreams of Sleep again exhibits masterful control of language and narrative drive. In a voice both distinctive and convincing, Lucille Odom, the 17-year-old, precociously perceptive protagonist narrates the story of her family's unravelling and its reconstitution in a different form. It happens in a flash, when Lu's mother leaves home; as her father fails to cope and her older sister returns to Mt. Pleasant, S.C., suddenly married and pregnant, Lu feels she must guide them all out of ""the protected stage of our lives'' and through the perilous emotional terrain they have entered. In luminous prose anchored by precise details, Humphries explores a varied landscape of human relationships, mooring them firmly in the changing Southern milieu she describes. Lu discovers that even in this world gone awry, positive things can happen: she and her father reach a new level of communication and understanding; both parents, separately, achieve a new sense of identity; Lu falls in love for the first time, although she knows nothing good can ensue from it. Even as she is caught in her family's anguish, Lu muses, ``I was rich in love, even though no one could see it.'' This novel is rich too, in insight, humor and wisdom. 35,000 first printing; Literary Guild alternate. (September 21)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1987
Release date: 09/01/1987
Paperback - 262 pages - 978-0-14-017432-8
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