Margot Mifflin
January 23, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Celebration

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Harry Crews
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

CELEBRATION Harry Crews (Simon & Schuster, $23) Crews is at his giddy, twisted best in this send-up of a Florida retirement community where the residents are as good as dead. When a sexy, well-read former biker named Too Much explodes on the scene in evangelical pursuit of happiness, she sends one resident to his grave happy and gives others a reason to live. ”You old petrified bastards,” she tells them, ”I carry the touch of life, and I’m gone lay it on you every one.” One of Crews’ most rounded protagonists (in more ways than one), Too Much is equal parts Dr. Ruth, Daisy Mae, and (in Celebration’s gothic conclusion) exterminating angel. A-

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