Fall 1985 • Vol. VII No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1985 |

The Blessed and the Forsaken

The Infinite Passion of Expectation: Twenty-five Stories by Gina Berriault. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1982. 252 pages. $12.50. The Lights of Earth by Gina Berriault. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1984. 158 pages. $12.50. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1984. 276 pages. $13.95. Although there is much truth in Frank O'Connor's observation that the voice of the short story is "the lonely voice," the voice of isolated and alienated individuals as opposed to the more social voice of the novel, there is obviously a larger sense in which all the fiction of our century has been a fiction of alienation. Recent works by Louise Erdrich and Gina Berriault make it clear that this mode of fiction is as viable as ever. These two writers are specifically interested in the distinction and the distance between the alienated and the blessed: what are the resources that allow the latter to prevail, and how can the true resources be distingu

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