THE RED DRESS by John Watson


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Having to do with cotton picking, corn growing and racial tension in Texas, this one also concerns itself with Aunt Dode and Uncle Deck, a simple farm couple, and their two daughters, Pearl and Belle. Pearl, wild, oversexed and avaricious, develops a hankering for other more exciting worlds, and as she goes about accomplishing this end, manages to pull everybody into her special type of whirlpool. Several deaths, the imprisonment of an innocent Negro, and the breaking up of one marriage represent some of Pearl's end results- all of which keeps this rather dismal tale moving right along in its horrendous way. Compact and fast, but hardly happy, an audience for this is not assured.

Publisher: Harper