Tom De Haven
August 28, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Stella Landry

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Robin McCorquodale
genre
Fiction

We gave it a C

Stella Landry Robin McCorquodale (Morrow, $20) Foundling, foster child, and sexually molested teenager, the eponymous heroine of Robin McCorquodale’s second novel is a seasoned call girl by age 16. Though she tries to go straight, settling into a comfortable marriage to a small-town garage mechanic, Stella’s past is eventually brought to light, causing her to abandon home, husband, and 3-year-old son (it’s the Eisenhower years) and to wander, sorrowful and hardened, back and forth across Texas. You keep expecting McCorquodale to do something original—or at least ironic—with the sudsy formula, but she never does. For all of her good writing, her story, right down to its redemptive last sentence, is doggedly predictable. C

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