What makes Ease such a good novel is that the author trusts his story to speak for itself. He does not diminish it by trying to explain too much. Domina has all the sensible modern opinions about abortion, infidelity, divorce, homosexuality, but we really don’t know what Gale thinks of these issues. For him they exist as part of the lives of people in his story and these everyday lives are too profound and mysterious for simple judgements.

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