Shirley Ann Grau Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Shirley Ann Grau Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Shirley Ann Grau shares a fate common to many contemporary writers not yet admitted to the pantheon. They are the object of a handful of critical studies, often short and incomplete, that make only a slight effort to detect what vision, if any, gives continuity to the writers’ works. At first glance, Grau’s novels do seem to defy any attempt to find even a connecting thread. Until the publication of Evidence of Love, the label of “southern regionalist” gave some of Grau’s reviewers comfort. Readers familiar only with her last three novels could not avoid the recurrence of semilegendary patriarchs in possession of great wealth.

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