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Can You Tell a Lot About Debut Novelists From Their Times Book Review Covers?

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THE BOOK
Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles
2/24/02
Reviewed by John Vernon

PRE-REVIEW BUZZ
Top billing for the poet’s novel may have had more to do with its similarities to the recently published Cold Mountain than to its own buzz.

LEAST-FAVORABLE PART OF THE REVIEW
“[T]he narrative setup contains its longueurs,” such as “an obstacle course of redundancies.”

SALES
175,000


CAREER TRAJECTORY
Became a favorite with book clubs (including Good Morning America’s); optioned for a movie, still unmade. Second novel, Stormy Weather, out May 1.


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