By Margot Mifflin
Updated February 12, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Nine Below Zero

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After losing her 4-year-old in a car accident, Justine Gallego has every reason to be mad at the world, but it’s hard to sympathize when she steps all over the grieving husband who tries to heal her and the infatuated lover who wants to save her. ”Everything had something opposite at its heart,” the chronically conflicted Justine observes, and ”inside every life was a death, growing toward the surface, like the green fuse of spring.” Kevin Canty’s ability to chart his characters’ emotions page by page is remarkable, which may explain why Nine Below Zero engages the reader so thoroughly despite its wobbly plot, gloomy antiheroine, and toxically unhappy ending. B

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