HIT THE RIVET, SISTER by Ann Pendleton


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Human appeal to this pleasantly informal account of white-collar into war worker, as the author, with a mechanical training course behind her, hide reality in the factory of Kerry Kraft, Moore City (near the Delawaref). Drilling is her passion, but nobody credits a more female with such unmaidenly pretensions, so she is put on detail inspection first, then on the bench, on to stabilisers, and finally the assembly line, where at times she can achieve her ambition. This is the story of a new venture, in a factory town, where language brings misunderstanding in its wake, where one's privileged past is kept secret, though ideas exchanged are often fresh and surprising. Here are personalities, droops, lead bosses, neighboring workers and riveting partners; here again is a report on hours, on night shift, on attitudes and opinions. There is the expansion of the factory and the resultant changes. There are the problems of eating and housing; there are incidents, mistakes, eventually whole hearted acceptance by fellow-workers and adjustment to a new way of life. A good deal of technical description of airplane construction, an appraisal of women versus men as workers, and a nice quality to the whole, without flagwaving, and with an objective, humorous slant on the situation. Good!

Publisher: Howell, Soskin