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A Place for Outlaws

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Julia Yates Marrs, the heroine of Wier's impressive third novel, is molded by two very different upbringings: orphaned at birth and remanded to the care of her puritanical Missouri grandmother, later adopted by her spunky ex-flapper aunt from Texas, Julia never finds her center of gravity. Her marriage to Avery Marrs, a traveling salesman with a habit of reciting Greek myths, produces one child but leaves submissive Julia unfulfilled. Ten years after Avery's death, Julia, 62, transplants herself to Florida and has a torrid affair with Adam Smith, who turns out to be a drug-smuggling con man. Wier ( Departing as Air ) shows how Julia's thwarted identity ripples through to her son Cole, a divorced Alabama professor messed up on cocaine. In her ill-fated love affair, however, Julia seems merely pathetic, and her oft-recalled husband Avery remains a cipher. Yet this shimmering, powerful story, with its unflinching but sensitive sex scenes, evokes time's inexorable flow, the tug of unlived dreams. Transcending labels like "Southern fiction," Wier's engaging family saga is an exploration of the way people live and fitfully cope.
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From Library Journal:

This most curious and ambitious novel is actually two disparate tales. One speaks of family love and great gentleness; the other, darkness and violence. Julia Marrs, the central character, is a loving wife and mother. The first third of the narrative recounts her childhood and married years in Missouri and Texas. Biblical quotes, stories from classical mythology, and excellent major and minor characters speak to the wonders of life. Julia's darker tale ensues with the death of her beloved and loving husband, Avery. Eventually, Julia becomes involved with a Florida drug smuggler and sadist, and, at novel's end, her son Cole, a college professor of American studies, turns murderer to save her. By the author of Blanco (LJ 12/1/78) and Departing as Air (LJ 8/83), this unsettling novel deserves thoughtful consideration as to the author's ultimate intent.
- James B. Hemesath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.
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