cover image A Country of Strangers

A Country of Strangers

Susan Shreve. Anchor Books, $8.95 (239pp) ISBN 978-0-385-26775-5

White Midwesterner Charley Fletcher moves his family to a farm tucked into the Virginia countryside, where he plans to begin anew, living in harmony with the Bellowses, a family descended from the slaves who once worked the farm. ``The pleasing lyricism of Shreve's prose has a dreamy, unfocused quality that keeps these characters at arm's length,'' noted PW. (May)