the sexual tension that electrifies his shooter Blues, it's nevertheless a memorable novel. Nordan's sense of family more effectively than the harmless lightning balls: Elsie sneaks kisses from Uncle Harris; Swami the vernacular is keen, and as al- Don, Leroy's father, begins an affair at his part-time job; and Leroy is infatuated with and seduced by a highschool baton-twirling beauty. ways, he delights in finding humor in the apparently tragic and pathetic events of life. (GH) The strength of the story rests in the muddled view Leroy takes The Universal Donor by Craig Nova toward the summer's swirling events. As they unfold, his percepnewfound knowledge is based on Houghton Mifflin, 1997, 250 pp., $23 Nova is fully in the driver's seat in this tale of love and crime and tion widens and his self-aware- ness grows, though much of his misconception. Leroy comes to unHarris after "creepy-crawling" derstand his mother's desire for medicine set in southern California; novels this well made don't come through his uncle's skin magazines. Yet when the baton-twirling Ruby Rae tricks him into his first sexual experience, Leroy realizes that sex is different." "entirely different from the pictures in Uncle Harris' magazines. Entirely As
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1997
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