The third of the Jericho trilogy- thin picks up the thread of the earlier books in a later generation, the Wedges having...

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JERICHO'S DAUGHTERS

The third of the Jericho trilogy- thin picks up the thread of the earlier books in a later generation, the Wedges having dissipated some of the pioneer drive that contributed to the building of the Kansas town of the earlier books. The ""daughters"" are various residents of the town, from the ancient dr, the rich and cruel Mrs. Butford, to the aspiring social arbiter, Mrs. Mary Agnes Wedge, to Grey Ruilidge, young widow, who is having a rather tame love affair with Wistart Wedge, Mary Agnes' disdained husband, a newspaper publisher. The story revolves around this triangle with various ramifications which involve other local people, and through adroitly linked episodes, contrives a many faceted portrait of a town (in somewhat the O'Hars fashion, though with less dependence on sordid details). Wellman has a flare for telling a tale, but in this case, the reader is singularly unsympathetic with the main characters, and the subplot, relating to a double murder -- a nightclub strip these artist with a religious maniac for a husband, and a police officer,-takes over the interest and the result is sense of duality that destroys the waity of the story. Better in its parts than in its whole.

Pub Date: Oct. 18, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1956