At Heaven's Gate


ByRobert Penn Warren


THERE are many colorful threads to this story of love and hate, political intrigue and financial dishonesty, in a Southern capital city in the late 1920’s. The principal story is that of Sue Murdock, rebellious daughter of a wealthy and politically powerful father. Sue tries, through a series of affairs, to break away from the subtle family ties. Hers is a weird and bitter tale. Weaving back and forth across her story are the stories of poor whites, an ambitious young man, a labor leader, a perverted poet, a World War I hero, and a disenchanted wife. There are alternating violence and tenderness, coarseness and poetic beauty, in this rich story of disillusionment.