feet, knobby knees, a body that completely lacks the graceful lines of the classical ideal. His greatest dancing on a rickety stage in the gym. dearing small-town characters make The Short History ofa Prince extraordinarily good reading. FoUowing her her international bestseller A Map of the World, this novel establishes Hamilton as one of the better novel- Hamilton's precise prose and en- achievement is performing the role of the prince in a Rockford, Illinois, community production of The Nutcracker, while his naturally talented award-winning The Book of Ruth and best friends, Susan and Mitch, dance Walter's adult and childhood voices, in a prestigious Chicago version of the same ballet. Alternating between ists writing today. (KS) A Soldier's Book Jane Hamilton's generous, tender novel The Short History ofa Prince tells of the heartache of being second best, whether at dancing or at living. As if childhood disappointment in his limited talent were not enough, Walter's older brother, Daniel, a champion swimmer, is dying of cancer. by Joanna Higgins Permanent Press, 1998, 189 pp., $24 During the Civil War, Andersonville, Georgia, became the site of Much as Auschwitz came to symbol·ize the inhumanity of the twentieth century, Andersonville would evena
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Published: Oct 5, 1998
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