ANGELS METAL by Ann Abelson


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With no genuflections to Catholic education, teaching or precepts for the young, this is an essentially human story of the girls of St. Mary Regina, and particularly of two of them,-rebellious Nancy, who was a law unto herself, and whose life was to be a short one- and Helen who was Italian, and who followed Nancy's lead in clashing with authority in every form, teaching, lay and secular. It was Nancy Dr. Marvin loved; but when she did it was Helen he married, and her one spark of veracity broke through when the war brought her a chance she craved in business, and she chose to bid for success rather than stay with a blinded husband. This is a story that has its faults of overwriting, but that bears evidence of sincerity, of sound understanding of feminine psychology -- and that makes no bones about denominational bias. Nonetheless, I can think of no other as vital a picture of life in a Catholic school, of their muddled, inchoate adolescence emerging into maturity.

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 1947
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace