Twenty short stories range from murders and mysteries to incidents of married life, middle age, to compulsions and...

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HOME WITH HAZEL And Other Stories

Twenty short stories range from murders and mysteries to incidents of married life, middle age, to compulsions and conditions, from alter egos to children and parents, from death to birth, and they leave a feeling of an oblique look at other people's worlds. The man who is trying to protect young girls, the old man whose orphaned granddaughter prefers his stories, the tussle that brothers indulge in when they feel good, the spirit of a place, the spinster who preserves her parents' home, a domestic man whose thoughts stray, -- these are in contrast to the prisoner who almost escapes from a penitentiary, the murder of the man who made people mad, the man who failed to kill his friend. Others represent different moods -- a son visiting his dying mother, a ballad singer's feeling for people he has heard about, doubts about marrying a childhood sweetheart, a man who will not let his property be farmed properly, a wife who will not tell her husband that their son is not his, -- and round out the collection. From fantasy to factual, there's a selectivity and sensistiveness that marks them all.

Pub Date: Feb. 7, 1957

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1957