Picks and Pans Review: In the Hands of Many Writers, This Plot Could Easily Turn Melodramatic, but Rice, in Her Reserved, Eloquent

updated 09/20/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/20/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

style, ventures beyond Josie's problems to involve her other characters and, in the process, has written a moving and complete tale of the complicated phenomenon we call family. (Viking, $21)

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