Book Reviews of Private Altars

Private Altars
Private Altars
Author: Katherine Mosby
ISBN-13: 9780425152362
ISBN-10: 0425152367
Publication Date: 2/1/1996
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Paperback
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A fascinating book. Details on characters are finely drawn; an intricate look into the old south of the 1930's, and the people who lived in it.
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haunting and wonderful story
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In this "stunningly lyrical" (Time) novel, Katherine Mosby weaves a haunting story of a woman trapped in the wrong place and time. "She's not crazy, she's just educated," is how she is described. Abandoned by her husband, the outspoken Vienna Daniels is forced to make a life for herself and her children in a small West Virginia town that neither understands nor accepts her...

"A beautiful first novel."-- Larry McMurtry

"Poetic...absorbing...impressive."-- The New Yorker

"What a pleasure it was to read this novel."-- Paul Bowles

"A profound sense of beauty...hilarious dialogue and exquisitely nuanced psychology, laughter, and tears."-- Booklist