Mocky's Revinge: A Novelette

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Combining tart humor, playful language, and a serious moral dimension, this unusual novelette depicts the growing friendship between just-turning-eight Carrie Ann Watson and her Uncle Mocky, a wry, gentle, and openly gay French teacher who has returned to his home town to reconcile with his dying father. Set in the mid 1980s, the story is told as a "novel" written by Carrie herself, complete with all her linguistic idiosyncrasies and unvarnished candor. The result is funny and touching, but hardly an idealized portrait of childhood as a state of grace.

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Mark Louis Lehman is a retired composition instructor at the University of Cincinnati, a copy editor, and a music reviewer for the American Record Guide. He lives in Cincinnati.

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The pen, albeit a youthful, relatively unlettered one, still proves mightier than the sword in Lehman's fiction debut written from the perspective, complete with misunderstandings, partial understandings (shot through with astonishing insights), and misspellings, of eight-year-old Carrie in small-town southern Ohio. Lehman's stylistic decision (borrowed, perhaps, from Alice Walker, who handled it with greater delicacy and fluency), especially in the misspellings, rather slows the narrative and may irritate some readers: "chocklit icing . . . cake crums and bloons . . . samwitch and pretzels." Whew! Still, the book has charm, as Uncle Mocky, a gay, 40-year-old professor of French from Columbus, visits his hometown to see his dying father and forges a deep bond with his precocious young niece only to have it shattered by his sister's redneck boyfriend's drunken, homophobic cruelty. Carrie, though painfully naive in some ways, is no one's innocent and is a fine antidote, if any is still needed, to the kind of idealized child-narrator who used to spoil even the best storytelling. Whitney Scott
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