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Alexander Stuart's "War Zone" is Stark, Sad, and Powerful

Critic-at-large Laurie Stone says none of Stuart's past work could have prepared her for his newest novel. The story is narrated by a troubled adolescent boy who grapples with the incestual relationship between his father and sister.

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Other segments from the episode on March 31, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 31, 1989: Interview with Carl Sautter; Commentary on jazz and the return of Spring; Interview with Steve Reich; Review of Alexander Stuart's novel "The War Zone."

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