Here is another story of a modern business man, this time with a refreshing difference, for here a familiar story is...

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A FAMILY AFFAIR

Here is another story of a modern business man, this time with a refreshing difference, for here a familiar story is redeemed by the fact that the characters have depth and integrity, the hero is not warped by ambition, the advertising man does not have a grey flannel mind, and the contemplated affairs are never consumated. Charlie Webb, bored on leave from the Army, calls on beautiful Polly Chalmers, daughter of the town's wealthiest family, and controlling the family business, a steel blade factory. But Polly is off in New York, and her sister Lucy only is at home. The next two weeks see Charlie propelled into marriage, despite Polly's warning that he will be devoured by this matriarchal family. Charlie, the Army behind him, sees possibilities for the factory, which is running down under the mismanagement of the dreamy Lowell Chalmers. He starts at the bottom; then takes on a salesman's job and doubles the orders; institutes new items for manufacture, and gradually assumes control. Slowly-despite opposition- he becomes the motivating force in the family and eventually convinces them that he should have official control. Here let us stress again the fact that this is a man who follows the familiar road to success, and reaches the peak with his honesty and sincerity intact. Three cheers for the Literary Guild giving the palm to a decent American business hero.

Pub Date: Jan. 6, 1957

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Crowell

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1957