Behind the lace curtain, back in the '30's, when orphaned Paul Forrest, circa fourteen, went to stay with his uncle Reggie...

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LIFE WITH ITS SORROW, LIFE WITH ITS TEAR

Behind the lace curtain, back in the '30's, when orphaned Paul Forrest, circa fourteen, went to stay with his uncle Reggie and aunt Dottie and many other cousins and aunts. Particularly Uncle Reggie, who dominates the book as he did the household -- dapper, improvident, sporting Reggie who was shiftless to begin with and shirtless by the close having committed all kinds of peculations and even done away with Paul's inheritance. But it didn't seem to matter since Reggie had charm and the family a kind of warmth Paul had not known before, and there was always a bustle of marriages on and off (both Reggie's and Dottie's -- she took it harder) as well as the difficulties characters like Reggie always seem to survive, relatively unhurt. An expansive and good-natured book, in fact a clean book (this is not a dirty word) for all ages -- the kind of book a certain audience will want to settle down and back with since the good old days seem so appreciably better.

Pub Date: June 1, 1971

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1971