This for the top class for women's sales and rentals, a semi-psychological novel with crisp, tart dialogue and a set of engaging characters. Convincing in its authenticity of character and setting. There is Katherine Sadler, torn between loyalty to her fly-by-night, immature husband, in jail for embezzlement, and her need for freedom and a new start when the top blows off. There is the man's son by a former marriage, Martin, who gives up college to look out for his stepmother. There is Peg, his second cousin, ugly, gawky, but dynamic and adoring Martin. There is skilful handling of Katherine's inner conflict in the face of the decision to leave her husband on his release, and of her finding a way out of the has she had made of her life. There is Martin's story -- his affair with Peg's roommate, his job difficulties, his final adjustment. A neat and competent piece of work, with nice touches of satire and humor, and a credible -- and likeable -- group of characters. Helen Hull audience, with something of Katherine Brush in her earlier field. Isabella Holt should prove a good property.