NAKED IN DECEMBER by William Dale Smith


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This is a long (well, it certainly seemed that way) novel about a West Virginia steel town Craft Steel, which requires a certain amount of mindless jaw action. It's a successor to his earlier Multitude of Men, the same site, which some cuphoric reviewer compared to Henry James while another who was more realistic made the referral to James Jones' Some Came Running, applicable here. Also whatever sociological implications were present in the first are now reduced to a few tags- wops, dagos, hunkies, Structurally the novel is sound enough, and it follows primarily three families, the Butlers, Brogans, and McGraws through the events preceding and entering into World War II particularly Andy Butler's love and loss of love for Caroline McGraws which resolves into friendship by the close which has witnessed a good deal of drayma the death of Caroline's brother, the crackup of her mother, etc., etc. The most that can be said for it is that it's a commercial novel with a fair amount of sex; Smith is a muscular writer and he sees things in these terms in astonishing defiance of anatomical fact ""her breasts, perfectly formed, all silk and sinew.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1968
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill