A series of vignettes about the people of Blue River, a southern town, follows the pattern of white and black lives, of...

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BLUE RIVER

A series of vignettes about the people of Blue River, a southern town, follows the pattern of white and black lives, of incidents and crises, to achieve a regional effect. There are fifteen of them and Grandmother (Aunt Sarah) and Jane appear in more than one. In the gallery of personalities -- a grammar school principal whose tall stories cost him his job, spinsters with lives of desperate frustration, an Englishman who loses his bitter battle with his demon of a landlady, a gardener whose success almost ruins him, a colored boy who is maddened by education, a colored woman who raises her son to be white, a minister who is forced into saintliness, a woman doctor whose care of a drunkard isolates her further from the town, perfect maids who have their imperfect personal lives, etc., etc. Sometimes sharp and sometimes fuzzy, these combine to give an atmosphere of change in spite of the changelessness of the background, and to promise more than they actually fulfill.

Pub Date: Sept. 25, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1956