A WOMAN'S PLACE by Ann Helming


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There is a conversation among the participants in this dreary affair which states in no uncertain terms -- and there are no uncertain terms anywhere in Miss Helming's work, the theme of the book. A character by name of Leigh (sic!) comments: ""There are two kinds of women, the Eves and the Liliths. Lilith was Adam's first wife. God made her out of the same clay, so she felt she was Adam's equal and behaved accordingly and they had all kinds of trouble."" There are several Liliths here and they do have all kinds of trouble. Ellen, Ted's wife, has raised children and submitted to male domination for years. Now she wants to make it on her own, so she joins a community theatre and becomes a Broadway star. Marty, Don's wife, has to fend for the family because Don is a failure. Her formula for success: ""Act like a lady, think like a man, fight like a tiger, and work like a dog. And make less money than a man would if he had the same job."" Don leaves his lady-man-tiger-dog. And their pre-teen daughter tries to bring them together again by jumping into the river. She lives! Leigh, who's not married, is some kind of radio commentator. She drinks, dominates, and emulates the French cinema with teenage boys. One of the boys finds her with another man and runs his car off the road. This is a book which makes The Guiding Light seem positively low-keyed and it is not good even as women's fiction.

Pub Date: Sept. 19th, 1962
Publisher: Coward-McCann