Summer 1989 • Vol. XI No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1989 |

The World of Bobbie Ann Mason

Spence and Lila by Bobbie Ann Mason. New York: Harper & Row, 1988. 176 pages. $12.95. Love Life by Bobbie Ann Mason. New York: Harper & Row, 1989. 208 pages. $16.95. It was seven years ago, in 1982, that Bobbie Ann Mason published Shiloh and Other Stories (New York: Harper & Row), her first collection of short fiction. Except for some nitpicking reviews which complained that Mason was female, wrote in the present tense, and published in the New Yorker (qualifications apparently comprising a genre), the critical reception of that volume was noisy and positive; critics saw in Mason a newcomer who showed not only promise but also maturity of vision and technique. Since then, she has published two short novels, In Country (1985) and Spence and Lila (1988), and now, a collection of stories called Love Life (all from Harper & Row). In Shiloh, Mason introduces us to the people who remain her focus: the country folk of western Kentucky, people just past the old w

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