Valerie Sayers Who Do You Love: A Novel

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Who Do You Love: A Novel

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Sayers's gift for delineating family relationships against the microcosm of a small Southern town grows more assured with each novel. This third book to be set in Due East, S.C., focuses on the Irish Catholic Rooney family, outsiders in the community because of their religion. Dolores Rooney's New York origins and her outspoken championing of integration. On the unseasonably warm November day in 1963 during which most of the story takes place, Dolores ruminates over her fifth pregnancy and what it will mean to the family's already shaky finances, and Bill Rooney hopes to sell a prize piece of real estate to help his faltering business, meanwhile thinking bitter thoughts about Dolores's sanctimonious piety and intellectual superiority. Eleven-year-old Kate feels the stirrings of sexuality, and gains some insights from her teenage brothers. And a New York Times reporter whom Dolores brings home to dinner trains a spotlight on their inner lives and sets in motion an event whose implications will reverberate down the years. Then President Kennedy's assassination unites them in terrible grief. Sayers's prose has verve and humor, her view of Southern life is clear-eyed, authentic and generous. Her compassionate understanding of the strains, worries and missed communications of marriage gives this book depth and staying power.

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Valerie Sayers is the author of five novels: Due East; How I Got Him Back, or, Under the Cold Moon's Shine; Who Do You Love; The Distance Between Us; and Brain Fever. Who Do You Love and Brain Fever were named New York Times "Notable Books of the Year," and a film, Due East, was based on her novels Due East and How I Got Him Back. She has received a Pushcart Prize for fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and has served on two NEA literature panels. Her stories, essays, and reviews appear widely in such journals as Zoetrope, Ploughshares, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Commonweal, and have been cited in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays.

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It is November 21, 1963. John F. Kennedy is in the White House; rumors of protest marches creep through the South; court-martial proceedings are going on at Parris Island. Citizens of Due East, South Carolina, are little aware of the drama around them, except for the Rooneys, a good Catholic family of mismatched personalities who use issues "like fingernails on a blackboard" to goad and grate on one another. Sayers examines two days in the lives of the Rooneys--one that threatens the very foundation of their marriage; a second that binds them together as only tragedy can. Following in the tradition of Due East ( LJ 2/15/87) and How I Got Him Back (Doubleday, 1989), Sayers's third novel is a thought-provoking story of family crisis that presages the chaos of the Sixties and analyzes the Southern response to the times with a subtle humor and pathos that can only come from having been there.
- Thomas Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. at Carbondale Lib.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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