No Stork At Nine struck a new note in modern fiction, but it wasn't quite real. This is a more important book, equally appealing, equally original and more authentic. It has verve and humor and poignancy. Here is the story of big moments in the lives of little people, Little Man, What New? gone wholly American, streamlined and sparkling. There is Rhoda, still hoping for marriage at thirty odd and pounding a typewriter; Peter, backbone of the family, accountant for a chocolate factory, dreaming of the novel he must write, and refusing to compromise his sincere love for the little stenographer by marriage with the boss's daughter; Jerry, the youngest, a pianist who will never make the grade. They know they are beaten before they start, but there they are, wise-cracking in flippant, caustic manner. Not a propagandist novel -- but the implications of the rottenness of the system, strikes, loss of jobs, pay cuts, etc, are all there as byplay. He has an ear for dialogue and a pen to set it down.