SON OF A MILE-LONG MOTHER by Alonzo Gibbs

SON OF A MILE-LONG MOTHER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fifty-seven pages of desultory conversation between (incredibly): the protagonist, a boulder named Old Square; his mother, a mile-long cliff; his brothers, the smaller stones; and his best friend, a schooner named W. J. Pendelton. Also heard from, briefly, are the Tea Leaf Lady (a fraud), The Watercress Man, and the Watercress Man's twin grandchildren Hokahinka and Mokawinka. The rock-bound plot involves Old Square being moved by a hoisting crane to become part of a new jetty, the ship's barnacles interceding for him with the sea, and Pinchy the crab delivering the sea's messages to the tea leaf lady by scratching words upon the sand. Falls flat.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1971
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill