Quite a different type of story from Three Cities or The War Goes On -- it is a symbolic novel, with ""the mother principle"" as the dominant force. First, in the character of the mother of a Polish-Jewish immigrant family, who has made individual life possible for each of her brood, meeting their needs, and ready to push them forth when they need independence. Then in Deborah, who has found her destiny in giving inspiration to a struggling sculptor, but who leaves him when she feels that she has fulfilled her destiny and that he has other needs, while she must take her mother's place at home. Poignant, powerful, a book of depth and breadth, this has elements of greatness that the other books, dependent more on the power of the plot and the message, scarcely needed. There are under-currents and vibrations here that will carry far. It should be handled as a new book -- sold as such. Don't dismiss it as a reprint.