"Clock Without Hands", by Carson McCullers

Novel, 1961

Gloomy novel set in the American South, where dramas and the coming of age, death, social class and family relationships are set against a backdrop of racial tension and the emergence of integration. This is a story of high drama and incident, although the handling and writing are well measured. It’s quite a page turner too, and all the characters are compelling, even the judge, who’s clearly out-of-time and out of shape and an outrageous bigot, but still well drawn and who, to some extent, retains some sympathy.

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