THE FAIR SISTER by William oyen


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Taken from the collection The Faces of Blood Kindred (1960 p. 460) this there as ""Savata, My Fair Sister"". It is a long short story told in the of Ruby Drew who has her preaching papers from the Church Zealous. Established by the Father Divine-ish Prince o' Light, the sect was a struggling affair Ruby rounded up her sister Savata from a night club stint and set her reactant feet on the saw dust trail. Savata's magnetism draws the crowd and some profit-hungry entrepreneurs. The mechanics of stage handling a ""new religion"" and a movement are revealed by Ruby, whose overweight earnestness is given the short end of salvation by the big-timers who have muscled in. This is a superb character study of Ruby, who never miscalculates another's motive and never recognizes her own. Goyen writes with the rhythm and ring of reality.

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 1963
Publisher: Doubleday