The family journal of a divorcee in the process of bringing up two boys who were as likely to turn her gray as to keep her...

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LIFE WITHOUT FATHER

The family journal of a divorcee in the process of bringing up two boys who were as likely to turn her gray as to keep her gay, this records the growing years in various climes and circumstances. There are the encounters with education, progressive and repressive; the boys always came out on top. There are the suitors, from the gents who wanted a ready-made family and home and appeared on masse to prove their devotion when Mike was run over; to the riled and unwilling stranger who received a proposal from the boys in a dining car. The living accommodations also receive their due, particularly the New York apartment sublet from a dubious trio of boys dressed as Renaissance pages. The accent is on helpless embarrassment caused by the story-telling abilities of her independent Angels -- their plaudits and slander as they horrify communities with mother's prowess Knocking out a tooth or discuss her all-day drinking habits... Other members of the family, a grandmother to be married, pets, maids, play their parts in the circle. The sophisticated of this face-to-face with male children may draw forth the Shirley Jackson (Life Among the Savages) market.

Pub Date: Oct. 5, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Vanguard

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1956