The name E.L. Doctorow evokes the expression "the great American novel." His books --- BILLY BATHGATE, RAGTIME, THE WATERWORKS and CITY OF GOD, to name a few --- exemplify the recurring themes and enduring ethos of America's landscape and peoples. And SWEET LAND STORIES, Doctorow's latest collection of short stories, continues his literary tradition of writing about uniquely American folk.
In "A House on the Plains," Aunt Dora is a scam artist who packs up her family, leaves (escapes, really) Chicago, and moves to the country. Once there, the scheming and scamming begin anew, displaying Doctorow's fascination with and u