It's hard to exonerate Kit Reed altogether from the suspicion of soap opera but many will choose to do so since she writes a...

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TIGER RAG

It's hard to exonerate Kit Reed altogether from the suspicion of soap opera but many will choose to do so since she writes a particularly susceptible, identifiable kind of story again about relationships which have lapsed somewhere in the past to make the present just about unlivable. In fact this is another torchy Cry of the Daughter (1971) if only one this time -- Dorothea whose beast in the jungle is a tiger -- she paints them over and over -- much more frequently ever since the boy she'd known as a child is now a body found at the city dump. This triggers, in alternating insets, what happened earlier between Dorothea and the mother who never wanted her and her lover (white haired, smooth skinned, ""all boiled and peeled"") who really didn't want her mother -- that is to marry her--and the messy episode which leaves her now trying ""to bring the tiger out into the open."" Tourism -- perhaps of a sort, but the emotional entrapment is genuine and inescapable, whether Dorothea's or yours.

Pub Date: Sept. 24, 1973

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Dutton

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1973