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December 11, 1988 | MICHAEL KERNAN, The Washington Post
There is a quiet in John Rolfe Gardiner's work. Tell him that and he may take it as a compliment, which it is, but he also acts a little puzzled. For the characters in his new novel, "In the Heart of the Whole World," get all the action they could want: The narrator's teen-age daughter runs a sex club in a mall and very nearly stars in a chain-saw snuff movie.
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June 30, 1991 | Donald McCaig, McCaig's latest book, "Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men," was published by HarperCollins in March.
Most of the stories in John Rolfe Gardiner's new fiction collection, "The Incubator Ballroom," first appeared in The New Yorker and, despite its occasional smugness, that grand dame is America's finest fiction magazine. Gardiner's earlier work has attracted considerable critical notice. In these stories, sentence after sentence is musical, and subtle, and skilled.
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June 30, 1991 | Donald McCaig, McCaig's latest book, "Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men," was published by HarperCollins in March.
Most of the stories in John Rolfe Gardiner's new fiction collection, "The Incubator Ballroom," first appeared in The New Yorker and, despite its occasional smugness, that grand dame is America's finest fiction magazine. Gardiner's earlier work has attracted considerable critical notice. In these stories, sentence after sentence is musical, and subtle, and skilled.
NEWS
December 11, 1988 | MICHAEL KERNAN, The Washington Post
There is a quiet in John Rolfe Gardiner's work. Tell him that and he may take it as a compliment, which it is, but he also acts a little puzzled. For the characters in his new novel, "In the Heart of the Whole World," get all the action they could want: The narrator's teen-age daughter runs a sex club in a mall and very nearly stars in a chain-saw snuff movie.
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September 26, 1988 | CAROLYN SEE
In the Heart of the Whole World by John Rolfe Gardiner (Knopf: $17.95; 214 pages) Another book betrayed by its own stunning title. The "whole world" here is simply a shopping mall, albeit one with some pretty fancy trimmings. The mall carries--as consumer items--everything available in our present time: It is a cathedral to capitalism and our contemporary visions of ourselves. (And in plot terms, the mall is far more than that, as we'll see.
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