By Rhonda Johnson
Updated March 10, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Boy With Loaded Gun

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The first part of Lewis Nordan’s memoir, Boy With Loaded Gun — in which he recalls life in tiny Itta Bena, Miss. — jumps from event to event, as the novelist recounts how the family’s first television allowed him to accept his mother’s new husband; how a visit from his stepfather’s old girlfriend, a dwarf circus performer, changed his mother’s life; and why he bought a mail-order pistol to shoot his beloved stepfather. Then the Huck Finn-like tale of an irresistible oddball turns into a heartrending account of grown-up self-destruction, as alcoholism, death, and divorce fray Buddy’s wild romanticism. A must for fans of Nordan’s quirky fiction. B

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