Subjective monologues and stock takings as three events precipitate crises in a small New England town:-Henry Munson's...

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Subjective monologues and stock takings as three events precipitate crises in a small New England town:-Henry Munson's birthday and business anniversary, calling for family observance, are marred by the return of his 29-year old daughter, Joy, from her second divorce. Her sister Gertis worries over the family scandal; Gilbert Wells gets drunk thinking of his futile love for Joy; Abner Wright recalls how he kept Henry on the straight and narrow path to success; Henry's wife resents her husband's self pity, his absorption in his daughter; Henry himself attempts to excuse his sterile life; Joy relives her failures in marriage, her right to seek happiness with Anthony Foulkess; Anthony weighs the relation of his own beliefs to Joy. And all this is resolved at the family party when venom flies. Analysis of bugaboos and taboos of outworn morals, hypocritical codes, seen through the eyes of participants -- a mechanical device that strains and creaks....But on Lewisohn's name it will have due attention.

Pub Date: Oct. 7, 1946

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Publisher: (Ackerman) Beechhurst Press

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1946