..... is recognizably Fire Island, a summer community within distance of New York, and this makes some smarting observations...

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PHOENIX ISLAND

..... is recognizably Fire Island, a summer community within distance of New York, and this makes some smarting observations on the coterie colony there as the season gets under way. Jordan Moore, just out of college, takes a job as mother's helper in the French household- an unsteady one- and becomes sympathetically involved:- in Elise French who drinks to hide the devaluation she feels as a wife and mother (she had once been a successful career woman); Carter, her husband; Mrs. Owney, the cook, who had grown up with Carter and is more than possessive in her feelings toward him; and Jon-O, their youngster, resilient and precocious. A campaign against a native- Jack Hawks, a nasty type- particularly with women, is launched by the summer people when he attempts to put up a ginmill on the dunes; Elise is his victim- and an unpleasant incident occurs, but Carter is more understanding than young Jordan- loyal to Elise- might have suspected. A close-up of an offbeat, offshore world does not fully equalize the slight story interest so that the market may be indeterminate.

Pub Date: June 23, 1958

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Lippincott

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1958