John and Louise Vess have conducted their lives seamlessly and honorably in the South Carolina home that has been in their family for generations. Upon John's sudden death, their daughter Annie-also a recent widow-returns to comfort Louise. But Annie finds all has changed: a gigantic artificial lake has flooded the woods she remembers, her sensible mother spouts born-again homilies, and her father's reputation is threatened by a long-hidden scandal.
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This first novel by Durban (All Set About with Fever Trees, 1985) adds little to the ever-expanding literature of family dysfunction: it's really one long-winded southern whine about ``a make-believe world of appearances, a world of graciousness and beauty and truth.'' No Quentin Compson, A...| Read Full Review of The Laughing Place: A Novel
Award-winning short story writer Durban ( All Set About with Fever Trees ) blends the gritty realism of Dreiser with the lyrical sadness of a southern gothic, describing the shift between ``this world where we trusted that change was orderly and slow, and another world where the most terrible and...| Read Full Review of The Laughing Place: A Novel
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