THREE SELECTED SHORT NOVELS by Booth Tarkington

THREE SELECTED SHORT NOVELS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Walterson, Uncertain Molly Collicut, Rennie Peddigoe -- from magazine abridgements- these are three novelettes reflecting separate aspects of American life, of marriage, of success. Walterson chronicles the ruin of a great magazine, as a wife determines to weaken her husband's power, and as the husband, in his greatness as editor and human, is able, until the last, to remain outside her orbit of plotting and unfair activities; Uncertain Molly Collicut portrays a woman who loses her self-centered, selfish attitude when her husband collapses under a business and financial scandal; Rennie Peddigoe believes herself the pivot of her parents' divorce, learns just before it is too late that the broken marriage came from the parents themselves rather than her.... Mirroring the American family life, the characteristics of American business and success stories, the emotional relationships of wives and husbands and children- these are in the accepted Tarkington tradition, of the familiar heightened by keenness of perception, the homely underscored by understanding sympathy.

Pub Date: July 24th, 1947
Publisher: Doubleday