Gravity and Grace

Kazin, Alfred
April 1956
New Republic;4/30/56, Vol. 134 Issue 18, p19
The article focuses on the book "The Presence of Grace," by J.F. Powers. In the title story, there is even a complicated pun on the word, for the lady named Grace is a gossipmonger, a horrid Pharisee who has broken with her best friend, a middle-aged lady who has taken in an eligible widower for a boarder. The presence of grace nevertheless makes itself felt or rather, the intimation of it is felt as possible when Grace's gang of ladies are stopped by an old priest who in all other respects appears incompetent. The author admires Powers very much, story after story is worked out to the finest possible point; this is work that manages to indicate the fusion of intelligence and compassion that comes out as humor.


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