By Jeff Giles
Updated January 08, 2014 at 05:00 AM EST
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Death of the Black-Haired Girl

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  • Book
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If you’ve never read Stone, this is not the place to start — I know that because it’s the place where I started. Death of the Black-Haired Girl concerns a callous college professor having an affair with a fiery, loose-cannon student. When he dumps her, some big dominoes start falling, thanks to class rage, the politics of morality, and assorted other fixtures of the American landscape. The novel is unsettling and tightly wrought — and a worthy cautionary tale about capital-C consequences — but it feels minor. As for the plot: Other authors have left their footprints here already. I know Stone to be a Writer of Significance, so this is not what I was expecting. I’m off to buy a copy of Dog Soldiers. B+

Death of the Black-Haired Girl

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Robert Stone
publisher
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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