"The patchy ending is more of a collapsed epilogue, or a separately written short story, in which Nissa returns to Louisiana to organize a public library and, finding her town's racial divide too deep to span, ends up building two. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The family conflicts of LaFaye's turbulent debut, Year of the Sawdust Man (1998), head toward resolution in this bustling, lightweight, far-fetched sequel.
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