What happens to a small Bible-Belt Alabama town back in 1947 after a UFO touches down for an hour and then disappears again?...

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What happens to a small Bible-Belt Alabama town back in 1947 after a UFO touches down for an hour and then disappears again? That's the premise of another very nice little book from the author of The Visions of Esmaree (1976). Schoolteacher Stella Lidell is walking a country road to visit a retarded child when a flying saucer lands nearby; also on hand are two passers-by: moonshiner J. T. Clayton and drug-salesman Warner Fox. What happens for the next hour is wiped out by hypnosis--but Stella, after recovering from something like flu, finds herself gifted with the power of healing and brings about miraculous recoveries: a speechless girl with cerebral meningitis; an old woman with osteoarthritis; even a fetus born dead. J.T. is suddenly converted to total honesty. And, as for Warner Fox, he vanishes--and Stella is suspected of his murder. But young doctor Sam Taylor has fallen in love with Stella, so, with the aid of truth serum, he puts her under hypnosis and tape-records her UFO experience. And bunches of other small-town types come into play as well--in an unusual, lowkey exercise that uses the UFO mostly just as an excuse to stir some engaging regional folks into action. Intriguing.

Pub Date: July 4, 1980

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: St. Martin's

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1980