"A very fine book . . . [Westling] provides us with a good deal to ponder not only about the Southern literary experience but also about how we all live."
"Sacred Groves is well written and handsomely produced. The readings, usually lively and sensible, are informed with biographical and critical details that are especially interesting as they connect the three writers to each other."
"Louise Westling's Sacred Groves and Ravaged Gardens is a welcome addition to criticism of American literature. . . . Westling's well-written book has the strengths of the best work in this American feminist mainstream."
—Novel: A Forum on Fiction
"At last a critic has assessed the works of Welty, McCullers, and O'Connor from the standpoint of the writers' common background, with its inherent curses and blessings. Westling conducts her study with exceptional skill, a deep feminist sensibility, and a genuine respect for these authors, who have given us what Faulkner could not: the southern woman's story."
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