A fustian problem besets the new school teacher, Nora Angela Burn -- shall she admit her mother and sister died of...

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SCHOOL FOR HOPE

A fustian problem besets the new school teacher, Nora Angela Burn -- shall she admit her mother and sister died of tuberculosis? Her decision to keep the secret holds her landladies, the spinster sisters Mary and Elizabeth Devlin, ""in swithers"" as they criticize and champion her; antagonizes Helen Lynch, the demanding sister of the school's principal, Peter and poses a trying problem for practical Father Lacy. Schoolroom situations add to the growing complexities as does her love for Peter and it is a near-collapse that spurs her into a demanding honesty. A magnifying glass for a small Irish town and its ""overpowering"" women enlarges the minutiae of a fairly simple, dry story.

Pub Date: Aug. 10, 1954

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1954