Fall 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 4 Book Reviews |

Homeward Bound

HOMEWARD BOUND Driving under the Cardboard Pines and Other Stories. By Colleen McElroy. Berkeley: Creative Arts Book Company, 1990. 316 pp. $10.95. What Madness Brought Me Here-New and Selected Poems, 1968-1988. By Colleen McElroy. Middletown, Ct.: Wesleyan University Press, 1990. 105 pp. $12.95. There is nothing more important to me than home. BARBARA SMITH When I think of "back home" the sound that enters my mind is a flood of voices - choir, orchestra, jazz ensemble of voices - swelling out of drafty tenements, do-wopping, sometimes screaming down into the streets. It is the sound of black people from Alabama, Iowa, and the Islands thrown together in a foreign land with weather that's too harsh and somewhere in the back- ground there is the drone of the overseers -either real or imagined. In her col- lection of short stories Colleen McElroy is a seasoned conductor. She weaves together the many voices of people struggling to survive and make a home with nimbleness and passion. She

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